Microsoft Announces Xbox Game Streaming Service

Microsoft Announces Xbox Game Streaming Service

Microsoft Announces Xbox Game Streaming Service

Before the public test next year, Microsoft is now testing Project xCloud on phones and tablets internally. On October 8, Microsoft officials said via a blog post that "Project xCloud" would be available to external testers some time in calendar 2019.

The goal is to deliver "high-quality experiences" at the "lowest possible bit-rate", while Microsoft engineers are looking to combat latency via video encoding and decoding.

Microsoft first talked about its cloud-based game streaming initiative back in March, before officially announcing the program at E3 a few months later. "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", said Choundry.

The main idea behind Project xCloud is to allow users to play any video game where they feel the most comfortable, or where it's the most convenient, whether that's on a console, a computer or a mobile device. Our focus is on delivering an awesome added experience to existing Xbox players and on empowering developers to scale to hundreds of millions of new players across devices.

Microsoft has announced that it has developed custom hardware in its data centers to ensure the xCloud service is compatible with all existing - and future! This customised blade is capable of "hosting the component parts" of multiple Xbox One consoles. Today, I'm excited to share with you one of our key projects that will take us on an accelerated journey to that future world: Project xCloud. It's now being tested internally with mobile phones and tablets using both Xbox wireless controllers via Bluetooth or on-screen touch controls. There are times when its hard to even play a YouTube video on a smartphone, let alone stream a game like Red Dead Redemption or Call of Duty. Stream, on the other hand, lets you sign up to play Assassin's Creed Odyssey from your Chrome browser today.

Microsoft's and Google's push into game streaming come as carries worldwide start bringing the first 5G networks online.

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