Microsoft announced at E3 this year that they were working on game streaming from the cloud and today we get news that they're ready to rock and roll with private trials already happening inside Microsoft and public trials of Project xCloud to commence in 2019.
Microsoft wrote that right now it's testing Project xCloud internally, and it plans to open up tests to the public some time next year.
The project aims to deliver a full gaming experience, with no latency or major fidelity loss, to devices like smartphones, tablets and more. 'Project xCloud's state-of-the-art global game-streaming technology will offer you the freedom to play on the device you want without being locked to a particular device, empowering YOU, the gamers, to be at the centre of your gaming experience.
Built on Microsoft's Azure cloud infrastructure, distributed to their 54 Azure datacenters across the 140 countries, games could be streamed to nearly any device (connection dependent). Microsoft has broken Xbox's into their individual components and created a single server "blade" that can host multiple consoles.
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Currently, this project is still being tested on some devices, connected via Bluetooth to an Xbox Wireless Controller, which also allow you to play via touch input. "Our focus is on delivering an wonderful added experience to existing Xbox players and on empowering developers to scale to hundreds of millions of new players across devices". Microsoft says that the touch overlay is being worked upon to provide maximum response in a minimal footprint and be game specific.
For more information on Project Xcloud, please read the post on the official blog of Microsoft. "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.
Nvidia's GeForce Now game streaming service, meanwhile, is still in beta and also has its limitations.
The current Project xCloud "test experience" is running at 10Mbps, which is impressively low.