Microsoft game streaming service announced

Microsoft have announced their latest gaming offer, and despite early murmurs, it’s not a gaming console. ‘Far too often, gaming remains fragmented and isolated to individual devices. The promise and potential of the future of gaming is a world where you are empowered to play the games you want, with the people you want on any device – where you are at the centre of the experience.

Project xCloud has been announced as the latest move into the game streaming market, and is based of the capabilities of the likes of Microsoft Azure (Microsoft’s cloud computing service). Rather than something where developers need to develop ports for different consoled. Project xCloud is an online service system which should enable developers to deploy their game to the different systems, making it much easier to increase the audience for a game to any console or PC. This includes being able to play games on mobile (currently trials are with a wireless Xbox controller).

However, with Project xCloud currently in its early testing phase, don’t expect a release any time soon. We’re still talking years away from the general consumer yet. Still, the move to actual cloud services for games, making it easier to develop and deploy, rather than a strict streaming service (like say, the Nvidia Shield) is a step into an interesting future.

Check out the full Microsoft blog here.

Check out the promo video below:

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