Microsoft has just launched its own cloud service, xCloud, which aims to stream next-generation video games to any compatible device, from consoles to mobile devices to PCs and televisions: all the power in the cloud that allows users to play powerful titles on any device connected to the network.
"Scaling and building the xCloud project has been a long journey for us", says Kareem Choudhry, Head of Cloud Gaming. Still, there are unique challenges with game streaming that Microsoft is aware of: "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. 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". It could be a while before we hear more about when we can get our hands on Project xCloud and test it out for ourselves.
Microsoft officially announced Project xCloud a few hours ago.
"We've architected a new customisable blade that can host the component parts of multiple Xbox One consoles, as well as the associated infrastructure supporting it". The test runs on mobile phones and tablets paired with an Xbox controller via Bluetooth.
For more information on Project Xcloud, please read the post on the official blog of Microsoft. "We are developing a new, game-specific touch input overlay that provides the maximum response in a minimal footprint for players who choose to play without a controller". But is it really viable to come out with this kind of tech in 2018 or even 2019?
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When reached for comment, both Microsoft and Obsidian refused to comment on rumors or speculation. A second person said, "It's a matter of when, not if".
The team at Microsoft Research are working towards creating ways to curb the latency with the help of advancement in networking topology and video decoding and encoding.
Project xCloud will run via Microsoft's Azure servers, which are now spread out across 54 different locations globally.
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