Project xCloud trial heads to USA, Europe, South Korea

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Australians miss out in the first batch of tests.

A Project xCloud trial will head to a select bunch in the USA, Europe and South Korea, Microsoft today advised.

“With Xbox Game Streaming (Preview), players will have more ways to play on the devices they already own, where and when they want to play,” Xbox advised. “Join us on our journey as we begin to roll out initial tests. Get a first look and stream Xbox games to your Android phone or tablet starting October 2019.”

Interested parties in the USA, Europe can head here to express interest in participating in the Project xCloud preview, while those in Korea should use this link. Successful participants will be able to trial streaming from the cloud to an iOS or Android device as well as streaming games from your own Xbox One console.

Microsoft said it would partner with T Mobile in the USA, Vodafone in Europe and SK Telecom in South Korea in order to make the trial as successful as possible. Gears 5, Halo 5: Guardians, Killer Instinct and Sea of Thieves will kick off the trial, with more games being added to the mix over time.

“You’ll need a phone or tablet running Android 6.0 or higher with Bluetooth 4.0; a Microsoft account; a Bluetooth-enabled Xbox One Wireless Controller; and while not required, we recommend a phone mount for your controller,” Microsoft continued. “Project xCloud runs on Wi-Fi and mobile networks in your area.”

Those streaming to an iOS or Android device will be able to use a new Microsoft Game Streaming app, available in the coming weeks, to access games. While everyone will be able to download the app at release, only those in the trial program will be able to use it.

We’ll let you know when dates are locked in, and when Australia will have a chance to try out the Project xCloud service.