Though Microsoft'sannouncement touches on well known game streaming problems like latency and fidelity, it does not say exactly how these problems will be addressed beyond just making more servers available to more people.
Microsoft Corp is testing a new game streaming service called Project xCloud that is created to work across PCs, consoles and mobile devices, the company said on Monday. Microsoft has been hinting at such a platform for quite some time, but on Monday, the company officially announced Project xCloud, giving us a glimpse at a service that will begin public testing next year.
More importantly in the context of Project xCloud, Microsoft operates one of the world's largest infrastructure-as-a-service platforms. The project aims to bring console-quality games to PC, consoles, and smart phone devices, and will be rolling out public trials starting in 2019.
It is also working with advanced networking technologies like 5G and Microsoft's own Azure network worldwide to ensure latency will be an issue of the past.
We are 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.
It could be a game changer, what if you could stream Xbox games to PlayStation or Nintendo?
Project xCloud sounds like it has a lot of promise.
According to an official press release, Project xCloud is now in the development testing phase, but public tests will begin sometime in 2019.
The test experience is now running at 10Mbps, with the company aiming to "deliver high-quality experiences at the lowest possible bitrate that work across the widest possible networks, taking into consideration the uniqueness of every device and network". Project xCloud will have the capability to make game streaming possible on 4G networks and. push against the outer limits of what's possible on 5G networks. Our goal is to deliver high-quality experiences at the lowest possible bitrate that work across the widest possible networks, taking into consideration the uniqueness of every device and network.