Microsoft testing new game-streaming service

Microsoft unveils Xbox Project xCloud game streaming

"The idea of streaming such graphically rich content that requires near-instant interaction between the game controller and the graphics on the screen poses a number of challenges", a Google blog enthused.

Microsoft today revealed Project xCloud, a game streaming service that would bring the company's games to multiple devices, including mobile.

Public trials of the service will start in 2019, and will be compatible with thousands of games thanks to custom hardware in Microsoft's data centres. In addition to already existing services like PlayStation Now, Google recently began to test the waters for their own service, Project Stream, with Assassin's Creed Odyssey. Named Project xCloud, the service is set to enable gamers to play the games they want from any device they want.

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Microsoft says game developers will be able to deploy their games to Project xCloud "with no additional work".

Project xCloud is now under testing on mobile phones and tablets paired with an Xbox Wireless Controller through Bluetooth, but the game streaming tech also allows for touchscreen input. The use of Azure moves the computational part of games off the device to the cloud so that it is no longer necessary to have lots of RAM, a fast video card or processor to play certain games. Microsoft believes they can deliver a high-quality experience that doesn't suffer from latency or quality issues, and they've been investing heavily in cloud tech for years to achieve this. The rumoured hardware-based solution we've been hearing about wasn't mentioned today. The games work both with an Xbox wireless controller paired over Bluetooth and using a touchscreen overlay when there's no controller present.

It's not yet clear how fast your connection will need to be to enjoy a seamless gaming experience, but Microsoft says 4G and 5G connections will be supported.

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Scaling and building out Project xCloud is a multi-year journey for us.

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

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

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