Today Microsoft unveiled a new service it’s been working on in its gaming division that promises to allow gamers to play the games they want to play from anywhere in the world that has an Internet connection, on devices of their choosing. This new service is currently being billed as Project XCloud, and it’s essentially shaping up to be Netflix for high-end video games.
The state-of-the-art global game-streaming technology will empower gamers to play today’s hardware dependent games on devices that aren’t PCs or gaming consoles. The streaming service will allow devices like smartphones and tablets to play games that were only built to work on an expensive console or gaming rig. It’s currently being tested with smartphones and tablets internally with a bluetooth connection to an Xbox One controller, but Microsoft has reported that touch controls could also be an option. The tech giant is also already upgrading and building out new hardware for its data centers to handle the game streaming service, and developers have also been given tools to allow their games to work with this new service. Microsoft has also stated that the service will work on 4G connections, and that currently a 10 mbps connection is being used for test, but they hope to deliver the best possible high-end mobile gaming experience at the lowest possible bitrate.
To me, Project XCloud sounds like MS’s response to the Switch, and its ability to take higher-end gaming experiences on the go. If done correctly and for a reasonable price, this streaming service could be revolutionary for console and PC gamers, at least in terms of being able to take the same quality gaming experiences with you on a mobile device that you’re used to getting from a $500+ gaming machine.
You can read the full article over on Microsoft’s blog below. A beta is planned for 2019, so stay tuned for more details.
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