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Microsoft Announces Project xCloud Game-Streaming Initiative

by Matthew Kato on Oct 08, 2018 at 09:03 AM

Microsoft has announced Project xCloud – a game-streaming initiative letting you play Xbox and PC-quality titles on your phone or tablet. More details on the initiative are coming, and public trials start in 2019.

The service, which the company talked about at E3 this year, is currently up and running at Microsoft on a 4G network (at 10 megabits per second) and will work with 5G, and players can either control games pairing their Xbox controller via Bluetooth or use a "game-specific touch input overlay," according to Microsoft's announcement blog (click the source link below).

The service is compatible with "existing and future Xbox games," but it's unknown at this time what games will work with xCloud. However, the video below mentions and shows various first-party titles and franchises including Halo, Sea of Thieves, and Forza Horizon 4. The introductory blog assures developers that utilizing the service requires "no additional work."

In the video, executive vice president Phil Spencer says everyone at Microsoft is still committed to the console space and that the intention is for xCloud to attract those who don't have an Xbox or want to enjoy their gaming remotely.

[Source: Microsoft]