Microsoft testing new game-streaming service

xCloud is designed to work across PCs, consoles and mobile devices

Reuters October 09, 2018
Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Microsoft logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

Microsoft is testing a new game streaming service called Project xCloud that is designed to work across PCs, consoles and mobile devices, the company said on Monday.

Public trials for Project xCloud would begin in 2019, Microsoft said.

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“We are testing Project xCloud today. The test runs on devices (mobile phones, tablets) paired with an Xbox Wireless Controller through Bluetooth, and it is also playable using touch input,” Kareem Choudhry, corporate vice president, gaming cloud, said in a blog post.

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The service will compete with Google’s “Project Stream”, a game streaming service that is being tested by the Alphabet unit in partnership with game publisher Ubisoft.

Microsoft’s xCloud will also face competition from other popular streaming services including Nvidia’s GeForce Now and Sony’s PlayStation Now among others.

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