Microsoft Wants Gamers to Play Anywhere, Anytime with Project xCloud

Microsoft Wants Gamers to Play Anywhere, Anytime with Project xCloud

In addition, Microsoft will need to make sure it has a solid library for the public trial. It's pretty exciting that Microsoft's game streaming initiative now has a name and a general window for when it will be available for the public to try, so we'll definitely be watching this as we close in on 2019.

The future of gaming just came a step closer, as Microsoft announces its new streaming service that lets you play Xbox games on the go.

Microsoft Corp. today previewed Project xCloud, an upcoming service meant to make video games that now require a personal computer or a gaming console playable on mobile devices. The idea is that you can play the games on any device of your choosing, without having to pony up the money for a worthy machine.

"Our vision is for gamers to have access to the same content via game streaming that they do on other platforms, without any additional work required by the game developer", the spokesperson said. Today, the company made the announcement we've all be waiting for, revealing Project xCloud. Our focus is on delivering an fantastic added experience to existing Xbox players and on empowering developers to scale to hundreds of millions of new players across devices.

xCloud is powered by custom hardware to push the games from Microsoft's servers to the consumer. We've architected a new customizable blade that can host the component parts of multiple Xbox One consoles, as well as the associated infrastructure supporting it.

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Microsoft has already got the system up and running today, and when it's honed and ready, the company promises it will scale out across 54 Azure regions (with data centers in some 140 countries).

Whichever device you use, you'll be able to use touchscreen controls - which sounds pretty bad but has been proven surprisingly acceptable for things like Fortnite - or a proper Xbox controller via Bluetooth.

"Developers and researchers at Microsoft Research are creating ways to combat latency through advances in networking topology, and video encoding and decoding", explained Microsoft.

According to Microsoft, the current iteration of xCloud requires connection speeds of at least 10 megabits per second to stream games.

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