Microsoft Project xCloud To Allow Streaming From Home Gaming Console To Smartphones And Tablets

Microsoft has been working actively on the gaming front. While the latest Xbox Scarlett gaming console is still to hit the shelves, the company has already indicated the multiple ways remote game streaming will take place. The company appears clearly committed to ensuring that high-quality console-level games can be streamed and played on portable devices like smartphones and tablets. Interestingly, players can not only rely on Microsoft’s powerful server farms to play console-quality games on mobile devices but can also leverage their own gaming consoles that are sitting at home.

Microsoft just revealed its latest gaming console, the Xbox Scarlett at the E3 2019 conference. With support for 8K UHD graphics, 120FPS, SSD, ray-tracing, and other next-gen technologies, the latest Microsoft dedicated hardcore gaming console is up to four times more powerful than the Xbox One X and powered by an AMD chip. Needless to say, Microsoft has clearly indicated that a gaming console’s main and primary function should be brilliant gaming. However, what’s equally interesting is the fact that Microsoft is also allowing gamers to move away from their dedicated gaming consoles, and still be able to play high-quality console games on their mobile devices remotely.

The Microsoft Project xCloud has been under development for quite some time. However, given the rapid deployment of competitive game streaming services from capable rivals like Google, Microsoft has accelerated the deployment of Project xCloud. Moreover, it is also allowing gamers to leverage their gaming consoles for remote gaming. Microsoft’s upcoming video game streaming service Project xCloud will start public testing this year. In an announcement post about the Project xCloud Microsoft mentioned, “We’re developing Project xCloud not as a replacement for game consoles, but as a way to provide the same choice and versatility that music and video enjoy today. We also believe in empowering gamers to decide when and how to play.”

Microsoft has merely mentioned that public beta testing of Project xCloud will start later this year, probably in October. The company hasn’t offered any confirmed date for the same. Perhaps it is waiting for Google Stadia, the search giant’s own competing game streaming and remote gaming platform to launch. Nonetheless, Microsoft will have to invest a lot of time in working out the common issues of latency, input lag, graphics degradation due to streaming, and artifacts, the most unappealing visual distraction that no gamer would tolerate.

Interestingly, there are rumors about Microsoft partnering with Nintendo. Although pure speculations at this juncture, Microsoft’s console-quality games could soon be played on Nintendo Switch, the company’s latest and highly popular portable gaming console. Additionally, Microsoft is expected to rely heavily on Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and other advanced algorithms for image and video processing to offer smooth and interruption-free gaming.

Alap Naik Desai
A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.

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