Microsoft Wants Gamers to Play Anywhere, Anytime with Project xCloud

Joshua Bennett
October 9, 2018

Silhouettes of laptop and mobile device users are seen next to a screen projection of Microsoft logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018.

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.

"We are looking forward to learning with you during our public trials next year", writes Choudry. "With datacenters in 54 Azure regions and services available in 140 countries, Azure has the scale to deliver a great gaming experience for players worldwide, regardless of their location", say Microsoft.

"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. Named Project xCloud, the service is set to enable gamers to play the games they want from any device they want. There's also support for 4G and 5G networks-when the latter rolls out.

Ultimately, Project xCloud is about providing gamers - whether they prefer console or PC - new choices in when and where they play, while giving mobile-only players access to worlds, characters and immersive stories they haven't been able to experience before.

In the case of mobile devices, the company is working on a new touch overlay in case you don't have a controller handy. Microsoft has been working on this for a while already. Just like other cloud gaming services, Project xCloud has to contend with maintaining low latency while simultaneously preserving graphic fidelity.

"Cloud game-streaming is a multi-faceted, complex challenge", explains Microsoft's Gaming Cloud Corporate VP Kareem Choudhry.

The service requires a subscription and users may pick any of the available games that Sony added to the service for streaming.

Cloud-based gaming is all the buzz at the moment.

While this is being tested with mobile devices now, you can bet we'll also see this move over to PCs as well.

The company demonstrated its work on the service so far in a video showing Forza and Halo, games created to be run on an Xbox One console, being played on Android phones and tablets. The company promises a console-like experience on all devices.

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