While streaming services like Netflix and Spotify have taken off and changed how people consume video content and music, the gaming industry has had an expectedly tougher time following the same model. However, that’s about to change with Microsoft’s Project xCloud.
Kareem Choudhry, the Microsoft CVP of Gaming cloud, recently showed a working version of the new game streaming service on what looked to be a Samsung Galaxy S9. The phone was connected to an Xbox controller and was running Forza Horizon 4.
We believe in the future where you will be able to seamlessly access content on your phone, tablet or another connected device. Imagine that you just began a single-player campaign the day before heading out of town and want to keep playing from where you left off.
Maybe you just need a few more minutes to wrap up that weekly challenge before you head into work, but your bus just won’t wait. Or maybe the living-room television is occupied by someone else in the household when you arranged to play co-op with your friends.
The service uses all the expertise Microsoft has in cloud computing and data centers to help stream games to the player’s phone with negligible lag.
Project xCloud will not be replacing the traditional console but will definitely boost the current Xbox lineup. With it, gamers will be able to enjoy their content and games anywhere, given there is a strong network available.
We may be on the verge of the next great shift in gaming as Google is also looking to get into cloud gaming and Sony has been running its Remote Play app for a while now.