Microsoft has finally announced details of its cloud-powered streaming technology, now called Project xCloud, which has been in the works for a while now.
Microsoft announced that it was building a video game streaming service at E3 2018, and while details were thin at the time, Microsoft is still hard at work building cloud streaming technology, and this week they’ve unveiled Project xCloud, its “global game-streaming technology”.
Project xCloud will essentially allow players to stream their Xbox One or Windows 10 PC games to their phone and other devices. This isn’t a new thing for Xbox players as they’ve been able to stream their Xbox to their Windows 10 PCs for a while now, but this time it’ll extend further than the PC.
“We are testing Project xCloud today,” the company wrote in a blog post. “The test runs on devices (mobile phones, tablets) paired with an Xbox Wireless Controller through Bluetooth, and it is also playable using touch input. The immersive nature of console and PC games often requires controls that are mapped to multiple keys, buttons, sticks, and triggers. We are developing a new, game-specific touch input overlay that provides the maximum response in a minimal footprint for players who choose to play without a controller.”
Project xCloud currently works via 4G and 5G networks and uses Microsoft Azure as part of the overall stabilization process. The tech is expected to hit public beta in 2019.