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Microsoft's Project xCloud game streaming service inches closer to public testing

Project xCloud allows users to hook mobile devices to Bluetooth controllers, but Microsoft is also offering custom touch-based control support. (Source: Gamepur)
Project xCloud allows users to hook mobile devices to Bluetooth controllers, but Microsoft is also offering custom touch-based control support. (Source: Gamepur)
Xbox chief Phil Spencer announced that Project xCloud has already entered the "take Home" stage, so more Xbox employees can test the game streaming service. Public testing for this service should become available some time after E3 this year. The service is similar to Google's Stadia, but Microsoft claims it will have a larger game portfolio.
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Interest for game streaming services has been ramping up lately, especially after Google announced its Stadia platform. Microsoft has also been hard at work developing a similar service that would allow users to stream Xbox games on any devices with a stable Internet connection. This is currently known as Project xCloud, and, while Google might have managed to showcase its Stadia service first back in March, Microsoft is confident it can get the edge through a wider and more diverse game portfolio.

Expected to be showcased at E3 this year, Microsoft’s Project xCloud is almost ready for public testing. Xbox chief Phil Spencer recently tweeted that the project has entered the “Take Home” testing phase, which allows more Xbox employees to test the stability of the upcoming service. Spencer also mentioned that the public trials should come later this year, possibly right after E3. Of course, as with all initial trials, the scope of the test might be limited to North America only, but Microsoft is already working to spread Xbox One X-based server blades all across the world, as low latency is a key factor for the success of game streaming services.

Unlike Stadia, Project xCloud does not necessarily require a game controller. Smartphones and tablets may connect to a Bluetooth controller, but users can also expect to get custom touch-based control support. Initial Stadia tests have shown that FPS games may seem a bit laggy due to higher latency, and it would be interesting to see how Microsoft is going to circumvent this problem.

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Bogdan Solca, 2019-05- 1 (Update: 2019-05- 1)
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I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.