Friday, 19 October, 2018

Console gaming experience streamed to your phone — Microsoft’s Project xCloud

Microsoft unveils Xbox Project xCloud game streaming Microsoft plans 2019 beta for its mobile game streaming service
Pete Mitchell | 10 October, 2018, 06:06

Xbox execs have stressed that this does not mean the end of console gaming.

It's not yet clear how fast your connection will need to be to enjoy a seamless gaming experience, but Microsoft says 4G and 5G connections will be supported.

At the same time, it's hard to believe that this new initiative isn't somehow related to Microsoft's next-gen console plans. They're starting to really leverage their deep pockets and huge computing and business infrastructure to outmuscle the competition.

At least that would've been the case a few years ago.

However, I'm still skeptical about its ability to impact the market in the short to medium term.

While Microsoft hinted at this program during this year's E3 presentation, this is the first time that we've heard any substantial official information regarding it.

Nintendo uses streaming as well to stream games to the Nintendo Switch.

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There's something more puzzling about this venture, though. The idea is that you can play the games on any device of your choosing, without having to pony up the money for a worthy machine. Instead, it provides console gamers with a way to play outside the living room, while also reaching out to a new audience. The machines are derived directly from the architecture of the Xbox One.

Project xCloud is literally powered by Xbox One console hardware.

I'm glad to see that it looks like a physical controller is required. You can be sure that Microsoft isn't far behind - if they're behind at all. According to the video caption, what we're seeing in the example video is actual gameplay footage streamed to the Android phone via Project xCloud.

Is game streaming the next big thing? Today, Microsoft let the world know about yet another piece of their online gaming puzzle - Project xCloud.

Controlling this games will be critical, especially on smaller devices like smartphones.

As a concept, then, game streaming seems better suited as an ancillary feature for players already invested in console gaming. Nintendo uses streaming primarily to bring games that the Switch is not powerful enough for to the system.

Microsoft - with our almost 40 years of gaming experience starting with PC, as well as our breadth and depth of capabilities from software to hardware and deep experience of being a platform company - is well equipped to address the complex challenge of cloud game-streaming.

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