Microsoft Announces Xbox Game Streaming Service

Today, Microsoft announced its plans to enter the world of video game streaming with Project xCloud, an ambitious service with a silly title that promises to allow the streaming of Xbox One games across computers, phones and tablets.

Microsoft says it’s currently testing out Project xCloud and plans to open up tests to the public next year.

In a blog post, the company said that game developers will be able to support the streaming service “with no additional work”, and that in addition to trying to solve the big ol’ latency problem (with Microsoft’s many datacenters), the team is developing “a new, game-specific touch input overlay” for controller-free playing.

“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.

This news comes just a week after Google announced its own stab at the streaming world, Project Stream, which entered a closed beta test this weekend and allows users to play Assassin’s Creed Odyssey in a Google Chrome tab.


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    Hopefully they don’t give up on it after a year.

    Also it was much to hard to find the comment section with the constant ads popping up and reloading. You think you’ve found it, but then 5 more pop in. Please lock the comments section to the end of the article. I know you think you’ll get more ad clicks (by accidentally clicking on the comments before it get replaced by an ad) but it’s making people not comment.

    The last few weeks I’ve noticed less and less comments in articles.

      Yep, I have been going crazy with the same problem with ads. I'm sure it helps the site, me accidentally clicking on ads while trying to get to the comments, but it is *incredibly* frustrating .
      I like the writers at Kotaku, but I am coming here less and less.

      IKR! A fair chunk of the page is taken up by ads between the article and the comments section. It gets pretty stupid when a small story/article is overshadowed by a much larger ads section.

      Last edited 09/10/18 9:22 am

      The site is an absolute mess, but they are very good at ignoring feedback. I guess they are making good money (for now).

      Glad to know I'm not the only one! Whilst we're on the topic of Kotaku site issues, does anyone else use the dark theme for the site? I do and I find it incredibly frustrating that the header of the page is white whilst the rest of the page is black. Sometimes I just change the css in the browser so it doesn't bother me until I click the next article!

      Id highly recommend you send an email with screenshots to Alex over here https://www.kotaku.com.au/contact/

      They don't read all the comments so the issue is more likely to be fixed if you all start emailing them directly.

    Don't mind me. Just waiting to see what James Thornton bot says

    Took them long enough. They've been talking about this and the touch input overlays since the Windows Phone 8 days. Hopefully their global reach with Azure means it's actually usable in Australia.

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