Microsoft Have Unveiled Their First Next-Gen Game Streaming Service
While Nintendo recently filed a patent to turn people's mobile phones into 90s-era Game Boys, Microsoft have gone in the opposite direction, becoming the first next-gen console maker to announce a service that will allow gamers to play genuine Xbox One games on any phone. Entitled Project Xcloud, when released, it will mark the first time players will be able to stream what's going on on their Xbox to a remote device. PlayStation have kind of had a similar system set up since 2015, which allows Sony Xperia phones to play PlayStation 4 games if the two devices are hooked up to the same Wi-Fi network. They also boast PlayStation Now, a service which allows people to play PlayStation 4 games on a Desktop PC, however Xbox's new system will allow totally independent play on either a 4G or 5G network, regardless of device.
The service uses Microsoft's Azure Cloud System to allow for seamless interaction between mobile device and console, meaning any lag and delay that comes from playing a console through a separate device is kept to a bare minimum. "With datacenters in 54 Azure regions and services available in 140 countries, Azure has the scale to deliver a great gaming experience for players worldwide, regardless of their location," Microsoft's blog post announcing the system said.
A "new, game-specific touch input overlay” will allow people to play games directly on the touch screen of their phone or tablet if they wish to do so, however for a slightly more refined gaming experience, you can also hook up your phone to a normal Xbox One controller via Bluetooth. Project xCloud will also allow for Desktop PC play.
“Our goal with Project xCloud is to deliver a quality experience for all gamers on all devices that’s consistent with the speed and high-fidelity gamers experience and expect on their PCs and consoles,” the company said. "Today, the games you play are very much dictated by the device you are using. 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."