If you remember the E3 Expo held earlier this year, we had an announcement from Microsoft that they will look to make game streaming possible to more devices. Now, we have an official blog post in which the company revealed Project xCloud, a new project for the streaming of games to portable devices, PC, and Xbox. The crucial advantage of this project is that it was designed with both developers and players in mind.
When it comes to gamers, they will get the chance to utilize streaming to experience the releases that were designed for PC and Xbox One. You will be able to use a wireless joypad as long as you connect it via Bluetooth, which will facilitate playing Xbox games on your tablet or smartphone. Alternatively, you can use the touchscreen commands to control your characters, but if we are being honest, probably not many players will appreciate that option.
“If players choose to utilize touchscreen commands, we will provide a special overlay that will enable maximum responsiveness despite the fact that it will take up a little bit of space. The overlay will accept touch inputs,” said Kareem Choudhry, the Corporate Vice President of Project xCloud.
Microsoft will need to have the appropriate hardware to facilitate playing games by utilizing the cloud. The company has already installed the first such hardware in Washington, United States. According to the announcement, they mixed parts of Xbox One machines and made it possible for them to host several games simultaneously. The current rate is 10Mbps, but for the purpose of reducing latency, they may have to further decrease it.
The most exciting thing is definitely the trailer that shows Project xCloud in action. In it, you can see a gamer using an Android smartphone to play Forza Horizon 4. Apart from the smaller screen, nothing seemed different from the ‘conventional’ variant of the game. Other games that we noticed in the trailer are Sea of Thieves and Halo. You can notice that Microsoft will do their best to enable users not to use a joypad and provide a touchscreen option for controlling the characters instead.