Numerous game companies believe that streaming technology is the future. Microsoft also notes the intention is for developers to be able to make their games available through xCloud without requiring any additional work from them (not unlike how it handles backwards compatibility on Xbox One).
Microsoft is now testing Project xCloud with phones and tablets using Xbox Wireless Controllers through Bluetooth.
Microsoft already has a big presence in this industry.
Microsoft has been working on various kinds of cloud streaming technology for years but it's now announced a unique new game service that will start to become available next year. Again, though, it's a limited Bluetooth setup nowhere near on the same level as Project xCloud.
The Redmond giant may ultimately come out on top, however, given its years of experience in both console gaming and cloud computing.
It's not yet clear how fast your connection will need to be to enjoy a seamless gaming experience, but Microsoft says 4G and 5G connections will be supported. When it's ready. Right now it's far from finished and beta testing will begin in 2019. We've seen Switch in Japan running more powerful games via streaming, and we've seen Assassin's Creed Odyssey announced for streaming via Chrome, so it really does seem like the streaming future is on the way. The company has also built custom server hardware that hosts components from multiple Xbox Ones, with plans to scale up as needed. Microsoft is developing a game-specific touch input overlay that provides maximum response in a small footprint for gamers playing without a controller.
The new Project xCloud, something that was talked about briefly at E3 2018, has been officially revealed today by the tech giant.
While this is being tested with mobile devices now, you can bet we'll also see this move over to PCs as well. It's pretty exciting that Microsoft's game streaming initiative now has a name and a general window for when it will be available for the public to try, so we'll definitely be watching this as we close in on 2019.