Video and music streaming services have long been dominant around the world, but the gaming industry has not yet caught up with Netflix and Spotify. Microsoft wants to take this opportunity to give players on the move access to their Xbox library with the new Project xCloud.
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.
In a recent Inside Xbox episode, Kareem Choudhry, the CVP of Gaming Cloud, unveiled a functional version of the new game service on a Samsung Galaxy S9. The phone was connected to an Xbox controller and let Forza Horizon 4 run impressively.
The service relies on the power provided by Microsoft’s data centers to execute the most demanding games, which are then remotely transmitted to your phone. According to Choudhry, Project xCloud will not replace the traditional console, but will expand the Xbox range so players can enjoy their content anywhere, provided they have a sufficiently powerful network.