Today, Microsoft introduced its vision for a global game streaming technology: “Project xCloud.”
Far too often, gaming remains fragmented and isolated to individual devices. The promise and potential of the future of gaming is a world where you are empowered to play the games you want, with the people you want on any device – where you are at the centre of the experience. To deliver on that, Microsoft has brought together its nearly 40 years of experience in gaming with the breadth of its capabilities from Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Research to build out a global game streaming technology: “Project xCloud.”
Ultimately, “Project xCloud” is about providing gamers – whether they prefer console or PC – new choices in when and where they play, while giving mobile-only players access to worlds, characters and immersive stories they haven’t been able to experience before. Developers of the more than 3000 games available on Xbox One today, and those building the thousands that are coming in the future, will be able to deploy and dramatically scale access to their game on “Project xCloud” with no additional work.
“Project xCloud” is now being tested today. The test runs on devices paired with an Xbox Wireless Controller through Bluetooth and it is playable using touch input. Scaling and building out “Project xCloud” is a multi-year journey and public trials will begin next year. Microsoft’s focus is on delivering an amazing experience that is additive to existing Xbox players and to empower developers to scale to hundreds of millions of new players.
For more details, check out the Official Microsoft Blog.