It’s not been much of a secret that Microsoft has been working on its own game streaming service with their cloud based project dubbed xCloud.
Even though Cloud gaming isn’t exactly new, Microsoft have only recently decided to join the bandwagon recently. And although there isn’t a large amount of details about what the xCloud is capable of, it is widely expected that Microsoft will release a new spin on the service, something new and cutting edge.
The Microsoft Project xCloud was introduced October last year but it was recently shown off during an Xbox Inside livestream. The event showed the Xbox One controller being paired with an Android device and showed Forza Horizon playing in high spec settings.
Project xCloud’s public trial will start soon according to Xbox Head of Cloud gaming Kareem Choudhry, who stated the news, but revealed no exact date for when this would be made available.
The way this xCloud will work is: Microsoft does the rendering and processing of a game on their end, and then the game is streamed on hardware such as smartphones, tablets, and PCs. In theory, this process will eliminate the current system for Xbox gamers, where they have to wait several hours for a game to install on their console before playing.
Most of the games on Xbox One should be playable on the Project xCloud. The company needs some time though to tweak the code of the games so they will render properly.