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Microsoft Project xCloud Announced – Play Xbox Games on Any Device

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After Nvidia and Google, Microsoft has also announced its Game Streaming Cloud service called Project xCloud. With Project xCloud, Microsoft will let users play their favourite Xbox games on any device using the Microsoft Xbox Controller as well as touch controls.

The public trials of the Microsoft Project xCloud will begin in 2019 and Microsoft will be utilising its Azure cloud knowledge to create a cloud service for game streaming. Microsoft says you will be able to play over 3,000 Xbox One games on your smartphones and tablets using with Microsoft Xbox One Controller via Bluetooth.

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Microsoft is also working on bringing touch controls so that you don’t even need a control to play your favourite game. One of the biggest issue with any game streaming service is latency and Microsoft is using its 54 Azure data centres to have servers just for the xCloud gaming service.

“Developers and researchers at Microsoft Research are creating ways to combat latency through advances in networking topology, and video encoding and decoding. Project xCloud will have the capability to make game streaming possible on 4G networks and will dynamically scale to push against the outer limits of what’s possible on 5G networks as they roll out globally.” Microsoft announced via a blog post.

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Currently, the test experience is running at 10 megabits per second. Our goal is to deliver high-quality experiences at the lowest possible bitrate that work across the widest possible networks, taking into consideration the uniqueness of every device and network. With the arrival of 5G and data getting cheaper in countries like India, services like Project xCloud have a great future. Stay tuned to Sid Tech for latest tech news, deals, reviews and more.

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