Microsoft unveils Project xCloud game streaming service

Microsoft's Project xCloud Will Let You Play All Your Games on All Your Platforms

The company's Xbox One console is among the most popular in the category and it has a prolific in-house game studio with several big titles under its belt.

Xbox head Phil Spencer first teased the streaming service in June at E3, the video game industry's annual trade show.

"[We will be] sharing more details as we continue on this journey to the future of gaming with you at the center". Microsoft says that this will be an "amazing added experience" for existing Xbox players, so Project xCloud won't replace consoles in the gaming future.

Microsoft says it's now testing out Project xCloud and plans to open up tests to the public next year.

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At the same time, Microsoft says it will unveil a new game that works on those devices that have limited controls. According to the Microsoft blog, public trials of Project xCloud will launch sometime in 2019. Again, though, it's a limited Bluetooth setup nowhere near on the same level as Project xCloud. There's also support for 4G and 5G networks-when the latter rolls out. That's to be expected if Microsoft is to create something that will scale to allow people to play high-end games on multiple devices. Xbox and Project xCloud merely share a letter.

Microsoft already offers cloud gaming services to developers through Azure, which companies like Ubisoft uses to power some elements of Rainbow Six Siege.

Like other, similar services, most of the heavy lifting will be handled by remote hardware so that your device of choice can handle games beyond its solo capabilities. 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. Let us know in the comments!

"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 and network", they conclude. "So we've actually built not just the blades themselves but the boards inside, and all the infrastructure associated with it", Xbox engineers said during the Project xCloud reveal.

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