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Project xCloud is Microsoft’s new game streaming service

Project xCloud, a new game streaming service, was today detailed by Microsoft.

“The future of gaming is a world where you are empowered to play the games you want, with the people you want, whenever you want, wherever you are, and on any device of your choosing,” Microsoft’s Kareem Choudhry wrote. “Our vision for the evolution of gaming is similar to music and movies — entertainment should be available on demand and accessible from any screen.”

According to Choudhry, Project xCloud is all about freedom.

“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.”

Project xCloud will be developed over several years, but the service will offer public trials in 2019.

Microsoft’s Azure cloud infrastructure will be used heavily in Project xCloud — and as Microsoft points out, Australia is home to 4 of 54 worldwide Azure datacentres. As you’d expect, though, the system does rely on a decent internet connection.

“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,” Choudhry confirmed. “Currently, the test experience is running at 10 megabits per second.”

Are you excited about the potential of Project xCloud?

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