Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Microsoft Announces Xbox Game Streaming Service

Microsoft Project xCloud Game Streaming Service Announced Microsoft unveils Xbox Project xCloud game streaming
Mandy Jefferson | 09 October, 2018, 09:15

Project xCloud is a new game streaming service by Microsoft for PCs, Xbox consoles, and mobile devices.

While a lot of work has already gone into the project, the technology is still in its infancy, and Microsoft is predicting a "multi-year journey" before it's ready for consumers.

Microsoft says it's now testing out Project xCloud and plans to open up tests to the public next year.

Microsoft said it's privately testing Project xCloud on smartphones and tablets now. So much so, that Microsoft just announced that it's throwing its hat into the arena with Project xCloud - joining Google and Nvidia in this untapped avenue of gaming.

Using advanced network techniques combined with video encoding and decoding, Microsoft is keen to let gamers stream games without having to download 100GB+ files to their devices.

We've enabled compatibility with existing and future Xbox games by building out custom hardware for our datacenters that leverages our years of console and platform experience.

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We are developing a new, game-specific touch input overlay that provides maximum response in a minimal footprint for players who choose to play without a controller.
This customised blade is capable of "hosting the component parts" of multiple Xbox One consoles. While game streaming still has some major hurdles to overcome like widespread lackluster internet speeds, Project xCloud definitely seems to be taking steps in the right direction. Although it's likely more complicated than just mashing a bunch of Xboxes together, Microsoft is deploying these blade servers to data centers around the world which already house Microsoft's Azure system.

Project xCloud uses Microsoft's Azure infrastructure as the backbone to compute graphics and stream the games to user devices.

The service requires a subscription and users may pick any of the available games that Sony added to the service for streaming. Kareem Choudhry, Corporate Vice President, Gaming Cloud at Microsoft shared today the first details about the company's "state-of-the-art global game-streaming technology", which will go in public preview next year.

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

'Currently, the test experience is running at 10 megabits per second. The company promises a console-like experience on all devices.

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