Public testing of Project xCloud starts in 2019

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Microsoft announced Project xCloud in October 2018. That is a new game-streaming service which will stream Xbox games to mobiles and tablets.

The expansion of game streaming has certainly generated much excitement within the gaming industry.

Now Microsoft’s CVP of Gaming Cloud, Mr. Choudhry, has confirmed that the big M will start public testing for Project xCloud in 2019.

Mr. Choudhry spoke about the upcoming Project xCloud on the Inside Xbox show. The show’s presenter asked Mr. Choudhry when players would be able to start utilizing the new game-streaming service.

He replied, “We’re going to start public trials this year.” Microsoft is, therefore, unveiling the first demos of Project xCloud to the gaming media.

Aside from announcing public trials, Mr. Choudhry also took his chance to showcase Project xCloud for the first time on Inside Xbox. There he handed the show’s presenter a mobile phone connected with an Xbox gamepad (via Bluetooth).

The Project xCloud datacenter streamed Forza Horizon 4 remotely to the Android phone. It was in every respect Forza Horizon 4 as it plays on the Xbox.

Mr. Choudhry has also stated that Project xCloud streaming is not intended to be a replacement for consoles. In an Xbox Wire post, he states:

We’re developing Project xCloud not as a replacement for game consoles, but as a way to provide the same choice and versatility that lovers of music and video enjoy today. We’re adding more ways to play Xbox games.

Therefore, Microsoft considers Project xCloud streaming an expansion of console gaming.

Microsoft hopes and expects Project xCloud to deliver console quality gaming on mobiles and other devices.

The software giant’s new streaming service will open up a whole new gateway to games that were previously exclusive to Xbox consoles and Windows PCs.

The streaming service will be based on datacenters within 54 Azure regions. Microsoft is also optimizing Project xCloud for 4G and 5G networks.

So, Project xCloud is opening up a whole new gaming door for players the world over. It’s not the only new game-streaming service either, as both Google and EA announced Project Stream and Project Atlas in 2018.

Thus, Project xCloud will go head-to-head with those alternative game streamers when Microsoft launches it after testing.

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