Back in May, our source supplied us at Rectifygaming.com with some information of an unannounced streaming platform from Microsoft. This new info regarding many third party developers like Crystal Dynamics, CD Projekt Red, Gearbox Software, and Blizzard Entertainment working close Microsoft on the project.
Now Microsoft has officially announced the Project xCloud; expanding on the availability of entertainment like they have for music and movies to games now as well. Breaking the boundaries of playing games a stationary device and being able to stream anywhere at anytime.
Project xCloud’s state-of-the-art global game-streaming technology will offer you the freedom to play on the device you want without being locked to a particular device, empowering YOU, the gamers, to be at the center of your gaming experience.
Project xCloud is not only aimed for first-party titles, but all titles that are present on the current platform too. Giving developers a smooth transition when being able to stream their games, scaling it seamlessly “with no additional work” added on to the respected studio.
As of right now Microsoft has tested out Project xCloud using mobile devices like smart phones and tablets. With the new feature also implements different ways to play. Which can be achieved by pairing a wireless Xbox controller via Bluetooth or using the screen’s touch inputs. It was confirmed by the company that test trials for the new streaming platform will be coming in 2019.
With Microsoft expanding the player’s choice to play beyond the living room, it’s yet another example of player freedom that has been consistent with the company this generation. The reveal of Xbox Play Anywhere giving players the option to play on PC through the Xbox Online Service and more recently with mouse & keyboard support coming to the platform, Microsoft continues to pursue new ways to play videogame.