Microsoft have just dropped a bombshell and announced Project xCloud, a new streaming service that will allow developers of current and future games to stream them to any device, be that mobile, PC or console.
“Today, the games you play are very much dictated by the device you are using,” said Microsoft in a blog post. “Project xCloud’s state-of-the-art global game-streaming technology will offer you the freedom to play on the device you want without being locked to a particular device, empowering YOU, the gamers, to be at the center of your gaming experience.”
“To realize this vision, we know we must make it easy for developers to bring their content to Project xCloud,” they continue. “Developers of the more than 3,000 games available on Xbox One today, and those building the thousands that are coming in the future, will be able to deploy and dramatically scale access to their games across all devices on Project xCloud with no additional work.”
Public trials will begin in 2019 but the system is already up and running for devices paired with an Xbox One controller. However, Microsoft are also developing “a new, game-specific touch input overlay that provides maximum response in a minimal footprint for players who choose to play without a controller.”
Microsoft will be using their Azure network for Project xCloud and say it does work on current 4G networks and is running at 10 megabits per second, but will scale as 5G becomes more widely available. “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 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.
What do you think of Microsoft’s streaming idea? It could be a game changer, what if you could stream Xbox games to PlayStation or Nintendo? Let us know in the comments.