Microsoft is testing a new game streaming service called Project xCloud that is designed to work across PCs, consoles and mobile devices, the company has revealed. Instead of requiring users to buy a console, it will run games on Microsoft's servers, streaming them to devices. Public trials for Project xCloud would begin in 2019, Microsoft said. Instead of requiring a console, the new service will run games on Microsoft's servers, allowing users to play on everything from a phone to a desktop PC'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,' Microsoft said. The service will compete with Google's'Project Stream', a game streaming service that is being tested by the Alphabet Inc unit in partnership with game publisher Ubisoft .
Old Xboxes will be able to play next-generation games, Microsoft has announced – by streaming them over the internet. The feature will mean that the Xbox One, first released in 2013, will be able to play games that have not yet been released. Normally, those consoles would be obsolete, without new games and lagging behind the new technology. But Microsoft says that it will let those consoles play games through its xCloud service. That allows games to stream online, meaning that the processing is done elsewhere and streamed over the internet.
As Microsoft continues its march toward delivering an Azure-powered streaming game service, the company simultaneously is targeting more third-party game developers with its apps and services. On March 14, Microsoft took the wraps off its "Microsoft Game Stack" -- a collection of cloud services like Azure, Power BI, PlayFab, Mixer and Xbox Live, plus various development tools -- which it will be marketing to game devs. Microsoft officials have been saying for months that Project xCloud will allow users to stream the games they want on the devices they want with acceptable levels of latency. The first Azure server rack supporting Project xCloud already is installed in Microsoft's Quincy, Wash.-based Azure datacenter, officials said earlier this year. Microsoft execs said they've already increased datacenter bandwith and are working on new ways of video coding and decoding for the coming service.
Services that let you play higher end games without having to download them such as Microsoft xCloud and Google Stadia won't work on iOS, Apple confirmed. Apple said that these game streaming services violate the terms and conditions of the App Store as they give access to games the company can't individually review. The tech giant said all apps are reviewed against the same set of guidelines'intended to protect customers' and provide a level playing field to developers. Microsoft is expected to launch its xCloud gaming service for Android on September 15 and announced it has ended testing for the iOS version of the mobile app. Google-owned Stadia, which launched to the general public in November 2019, is similarly only available on Android devices.
As promised at E3, Microsoft is entering the live video game streaming fray. On Monday, the company revealed details about Project xCloud, a service that will let you stream Xbox One games to computers, phones, and tablets. "Our vision for the evolution of gaming is similar to music and movies--entertainment should be available on demand and accessible from any screen," Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft's VP of cloud gaming, said in a post announcing the service. That basic pitch mirrors the appeal of Xbox Play Anywhere, the Microsoft initiative that lets you buy a game once and play it either on Windows 10 or Xbox One. Microsoft's major Xbox exclusives all came to the PC in recent years thanks to Play Anywhere, and it sounds like Project xCloud wants to extend Xbox's borders even further.