Microsoft Project xCloud Brings Xbox Games to Phones, PCs

Microsoft unveils Xbox Project xCloud game streaming

Project xCloud, as it's called, will allow "console quality games" to work across multiple devices, including PCs, tablets, and mobiles, and it's set to launch next year. Many of us expected this tease to be for a project a long way away, but an announcement today makes it seem like it might actually be fairly close.

Microsoft won't begin public testing its promised game streaming service until 2019, but the company already is doing work on the "intelligent cloud" piece of the infrastructure in anticipation of that offering.

The service is part of the stream-based future Microsoft hinted at earlier this year at E3.

The video above features Xbox boss Phil Spencer and goes to great pains to assure gamers that the era of video games consoles is not over, and that Project xCloud is meant for people who either don't own a console or just want to play on the move. If you don't have an Xbox One controller, touch controls are also available. 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.

Microsoft has officially unveiled Project xCloud, its game streaming service. 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.

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The Redmond giant may ultimately come out on top, however, given its years of experience in both console gaming and cloud computing.

It is also working with advanced networking technologies like 5G and Microsoft's own Azure network worldwide to ensure latency will be an issue of the past.

The information that Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of Gaming Cloud Kareem Choudhry reveals offers some answers but leaves many questions open as well.

As for other specifics, the tests are being run and working at a connection of 10 megabits per second, which is half the speed that Google's Project Stream requires. "Our goal is to deliver high-quality experiences at the lowest possible bitrate that work across the widest possible networks, taking into consideration the uniqueness of every device".

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