Yesterday, Microsoft announced Project xCloud, a new streaming service that will apparently let people play their favorite Xbox games from any device including your tablet, smartphone, PC, and of course, your gaming console. The Project xCloud service will, not surprisingly, run on Microsoft's own Azure cloud service, but getting it fully up-and-running take some time to complete, admitted Kareem Choudhry, corporate vice president of the gaming cloud division at Microsoft. It would seem that Microsoft too, would like to jump on the trend, albeit in a different sense than what Nintendo did with the Switch, with their announcement of the xCloud service, which would allow for streaming of Xbox games on PCs', tablets and phones.
For the most comfortable game you will need a wireless controller from the original Xbox One connected via Bluetooth. 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.
Built on Microsoft's Azure cloud infrastructure, distributed to their 54 Azure datacenters across the 140 countries, games could be streamed to nearly any device (connection dependent).
Whether traditional console rivals would be on board with that remains to be seen; platform-agnostic game of the moment Fortnite compelled Sony PlayStation to relax its walled garden policy after players on mobile, Xbox, Nintendo and PC were all able to join the same matches.
"We've architected a new customisable blade that can host the component parts of multiple Xbox One consoles, as well as the associated infrastructure supporting it".
For more information on Project Xcloud, please read the post on the official blog of Microsoft. The company is developing a new, game-specific touch input overlay that provides maximum response in a minimal footprint for players who choose to play without a controller.
This future maker will empower you, the gamers, and it will place you in the middle of the gaming experience. Microsoft showed a demonstration of the same through a video.
"I may think that some saying the future of gaming is 100% streaming are looking to reclaim the % royalty now paid on content purchased via digital storefronts more than delivering an improved consumer experience". Microsoft acknowledges the issue and says that they are working on it.