Xbox Games Come to Mobile Devices With Project xCloud

Saul Franklin
October 10, 2018

Microsoft is promising that xCloud will allow users to stream the games they want on the devices they want with acceptable levels of latency.

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Project xCloud will let you play the best games available on all kinds of hardware - including smartphones and tablets.

Microsoft today announced the Project xCloud game-serving service that will give gamers the ability to play console-quality games on their computer device: smartphone, laptop, PC or still on the console.

Microsoft is now testing Project xCloud and says that the test is running on mobile phones and tablets paired with an Xbox Wireless Controller via Bluetooth; the devices are also playable via touch input. To improve latency, Microsoft has researchers working on ways to reduce latency via advances in network topology. We don't have a release date for xCloud yet, but a public trial will kickoff sometime next year. Again, though, it's a limited Bluetooth setup nowhere near on the same level as Project xCloud. It's now being tested internally with mobile phones and tablets using both Xbox wireless controllers via Bluetooth or on-screen touch controls. The company also noted that developers of existing Xbox One games should be able to bring their titles to xCloud with "no additional work".

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In combination with improvements to the network, players should now expect high fidelity experiences across 4G and the upcoming 5G networks. 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.

We'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. The immersive nature of console and PC games often requires controls that are mapped to multiple keys, buttons, sticks and triggers. Microsoft officials (re) confirmed the existence of its coming game-streaming service earlier this summer.

Currently, the test experience is running at 10 megabits per second.

However, there are internal tests for Project xCloud going on right now. The company promises a console-like experience on all devices.

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