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Microsoft Offers First Look at Project xCloud Game Streaming Tech

Microsoft Offers First Look at Project xCloud Game Streaming Tech”

In a post written about the project, Microsoft's VP of cloud gaming Kareem Choudhry said, "Our vision for the evolution of gaming is similar to music and movies - entertainment should be available on demand and accessible from any screen". It would seem that Microsoft too, would like to jump on the trend, albeit in a different sense than what Nintendo did with the Switch, with their announcement of the xCloud service, which would allow for streaming of Xbox games on PCs', tablets and phones. Imagine if you could play Xbox One titles on any computing device, like a smartphone or a tablet. While cloud solutions that permit gaming outside of the console are nothing new - Sony's PlayStation Now service launched in 2014 - Microsoft's vast data centre infrastructure makes it well placed to provide scalable true-to-life gaming experiences on the cloud. Microsoft claims xCloud will deliver a user experience that is "consistent with the speed and high-fidelity gamers experience and expect on their PCs and consoles".

Starting with trials next year, the "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".

Project xCloud was first teased during Microsoft's E3 2018 event in June but this isn't the first game streaming service of its kind. This could pose a problem, as most games are created to be played using either a controller or a keyboard and mouse config. In addition, one of the initial requirements specification is to ensure the health technologies Project xCloud in existing 4G networks.

More details and Public trials are coming in 2019. The system is being tested on mobile devices via touch input and with a Xbox Wireless Controller connected via Bluetooth.

Microsoft gaming division Xbox is preparing for a life beyond consoles. Interestingly its test experience is running on a 10Mbps connection.

With the aim to deliver a high-quality gaming experience across a range of devices would probably result in a number of challenges such as supporting a large network that consists of multiple users, low-latency video streamed on a remote location. Microsoft researchers and developers are working on ways to combat latency, not just though new networking tech but through video codec refinements.



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