Microsoft’s gaming cloud head Kareem Choudhry has confirmed that public trials of game streaming service Project xCloud are set to begin later this year reports Variety.
The aim is to bring console-level gaming to mobile devices like smartphones, tablets and laptops. Choudhry says: “Project X Cloud is a cloud-based streaming service that will enable you to play anywhere we have a client. Anywhere you have a good network connection, you’ll be able to participate in Project X Cloud.”
Microsoft says this is NOT a ‘replacement’ for consoles, rather a way to ‘add choice and versatility’ along with opening up the market for those without “traditional, dedicated gaming hardware”.
A segment has gone online showing Choudhry and a journalist trying out “Forza Horizon 4” on an Android phone with an Xbox One controller attached via Bluetooth.
— Xbox (@Xbox) March 12, 2019
The reveal comes as Google has teased its keynote address at the Game Developers Conference next Tuesday where they say they plan to unveil “Google’s vision for the future of gaming”.
It’s expected the internet giant will be showing off a new game streaming service tied to the company’s Project Stream as well as potentially revealing some of the first hardware which has previously been dubbed Project Yeti.