Project xCloud announced by Microsoft

Microsoft Project xCloud Game Streaming Service Announced

It is created to allow users to stream Xbox games on consoles, PCs, and mobile devices.

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Project xCloud will let you play the best games available on all kinds of hardware - including smartphones and tablets.

Microsoft has shared details of its upcoming cloud streaming service, xCloud, allowing gamers to play titles on PCs, consoles, and mobile devices with the games themselves running in the company's data centers. But the company started testing the cloud gaming service today across mobile, console and PC in conjunction with a Bluetooth Xbox controller.

Project xCloud actually seems contradictory to Xbox's interests in a few ways.

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The idea behind Project xCloud is to make it possible for people to play games on demand with anyone, on any device-regardless of whether it's a PC, console, or smartphone.

Scaling and building out Project xCloud is a multi-year journey for us. But you won't have to wait too much longer to see it in action though, as public trials are expected to begin in 2019 (though that's as specific as Microsoft would get for now). First, we're told the experience won't be compromised in any way but then reassured that console gaming will always exist because it offers a premium experience. Although it's likely more complicated than just mashing a bunch of Xboxes together, Microsoft is deploying these blade servers to data centers around the world which already house Microsoft's Azure system.

To that end, Microsoft has built custom hardware called "blades" using the components inside Xbox One consoles and has begun installing those blades in Azure datacenters worldwide. I am not a fan of using touch-based controllers on games.

Project xCloud will have the capability to make game streaming possible on 4G networks, Microsoft says.

The new Project xCloud, something that was talked about briefly at E3 2018, has been officially revealed today by the tech giant. Microsoft claims that xCloud is now running at 10 megabits per second, which is mid-range download speed for phone carriers such as Verizon and AT&T that offer 4G LTE.

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