Microsoft seems set to announce improvements to their xCloud game streaming platform and Xbox PC software
Microsoft appears to be about to announce some significant improvements to their Xbox Game Streaming and xCloud platforms if the tidbits of news and rumours around the web are anything to go by.
Firstly, we have a scoop from The Verge regarding an unreleased Xbox Game Streaming app that can stream games from the current generation ‘Xbox Series’ consoles and xCloud to a Windows PC. Tom Warren got his hands on an internal beta version, and he claims that there is full touch support with potential future gyroscope features. This news also fits with a Windows Central exclusive from November 2020, where they demonstrated Project xCloud for PC and mentioned an expected 2021 release.
Next, we have an article from Windows Central where they discuss a screenshot they received from a “trusted source” that shows Hellblade streaming at 1080p via xCloud. This resolution is quite a step up from Microsoft’s bandwidth-friendly 720p option, which was previously the best quality available on their streaming service. However, this update would only put them in line with GeForce Now and Stadia.
Finally, we have Paul Thurrott’s tweet about an anticipated 23 March Microsoft event focused on “what’s new for gaming”. This information wouldn’t mean much by itself, but the timing seems favourable for tying in an announcement of these rumoured and leaked Xbox Game Streaming and xCloud improvements.