Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Microsoft Offers First Look at Project xCloud Game Streaming Tech

Microsoft looks to take Xbox experience onto mobile Microsoft reveals Project xCloud games streaming service - Industry - News
Sandy Mccarthy | 10 October, 2018, 17:03

The game streaming service is created to allow users to stream Xbox games on consoles, PCs and mobile devices.

Detailing the service on Microsoft's blog, Kareem Choudhry, the company's Corporate Vice President, Gaming Cloud, said: "Today, the games you play are very much dictated by the device you are using".

"Project xCloud" is now being tested at one of the data centers in Washington and Microsoft is confident enough that it will roll-out its service on a wide scale. This will be a platform which will make Xbox One games available on mobile devices. By the way, the Microsoft Azure data centers located in more than 140 countries and therefore for the successful implementation of the service Project xCloud already have a ready base. In the end, Project xCloud looks to provide gamers, regardless of their preference in consoles or computers, with new choices for when and where to play while, at the same time, allowing players who use only their phones access to characters, stories and immersive worlds which they haven't ever experienced before.

Project xCloud will have the capability to make game streaming possible on 4G networks and will dynamically scale to push against the outer limits of what's possible on 5G networks as they roll out globally.

The premise of xCloud seems to mirror that of the Xbox Play Anywhere initiative, which allowed players to purchase a game and then play it on their Windows 10 PC or their Xbox One.

Microsoft has announced “the future of gaming” with Project xCloud, which is an initiative to let you stream Xbox games to any device, including mobile devices.

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Last June, on the occasion of the conference Xbox E3, Phil Spencer recalls that the players would soon be able to play any game, anywhere, on any medium.

Problems Microsoft now face include low-latency video, frame rates, and supporting a large, multi-user network.

AMD works closely with both Microsoft and Sony on their respective Xbox One and Playstation consoles.

Most of the leading companies believe in the success of streaming services and cloud gaming.

Project xCloud will run via Microsoft's Azure servers, which are now spread out across 54 different locations globally. The firm says that it is combating latency with "advances in networking topology, and video encoding and decoding" which sounds promising.

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