Monday, 10 December, 2018

Microsoft Unveils An Xbox Games Streaming Service For Mobile Devices

Microsoft looks to take Xbox experience onto mobile Microsoft reveals Project xCloud games streaming service - Industry - News
Roberta Sherman | 10 October, 2018, 17:02

Earlier, during Electronic Entertainment Expo 2018 conference, Microsoft had revealed its future plans of streaming services and announced that their teams were working to bring Xbox games on myriad devices with the help of a streaming technology and now we have got a clearer picture of what exactly it will look like.

Project xCloud is to enter a public testing stage in 2019 and the technology, which sees Xbox One components installed in server datacenters, is meant to allow Xbox games to be played "on any device". The trailer showcases both Halo and Forza games being played on a mobile phone, complete with an Xbox controller usable through Bluetooth. Microsoft is calling xCloud a "global game-streaming technology" that's looking to overcome a lot of streaming's main hurdles, such as latency while providing a unique experience all of its own.

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Project xCloud will essentially allow players to stream their Xbox One or Windows 10 PC games to their phone and other devices.

To bring gaming high-fidelity gaming to any device Microsoft needs a fair amount of computational power which is why it has designed the Project xCloud Blade. "Our focus is on delivering an awesome added experience to existing Xbox players and on empowering developers to scale to hundreds of millions of new players across devices". They've architected a new customizable blade that can host the component parts of multiple Xbox One consoles, as well as the associated infrastructure supporting it. On this front, a new approach is being taken, with a game-specific touch input system that would provide the best possible response in a minimal footprint, so as to keep the option to play without a controller available and appealing. Rest assured, if a problem crops up in nearly any corner of the world, Microsoft will at the very least, be able to hear about it and take steps to ensure that the problem is solved as quickly as possible. Public trials begin next year so keep an eye out for a beta sign up!

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At the moment the testing experience is running at 10Mbps which isn't bad at all and on paper this solution may work on a 4G network.

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Microsoft gaming division Xbox is preparing for a life beyond consoles. "Delivering a high-quality experience across a variety of devices must account for different obstacles, such as low-latency video streamed remotely, and support a large, multi-user network", he said.

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