THE Microsoft started public testing of Project xCloud with users from the United States, United Kingdom and South Korea. To date, only four exclusive Xbox platform games are available on the service: Sea of Thieves, Gears 5, Halo 5: Guardians and Killer Instinct. With the service, it is possible to play on an Android phone by streaming from the cloud.
Confirmed at E3, Project xCloud will be launched in October; its competitor, Google Stadia, arrives on the 19th of next month. The Microsoft service will work in two ways: the first is like Google’s streaming service, using Azure servers to run the games; the second is by turning the user’s Xbox One into its own server.
Project xCloud promises to work on 10 Mb / s internet
US, UK or South Korean users who are interested in testing the service can register on the Project xCloud page. However, there are some requirements for streaming to work:
- smartphone or tablet with Android 6.0 or higher;
- Xbox control with Bluetooth connectivity;
- 5 GHz Wi-Fi or a mobile internet of at least 10 Mb / s.
The streaming app is simple, with some basic settings. Most of the Xbox system’s features run during gameplay over the internet, such as the ability to add friends, see who’s online, create chat rooms, and access the achievements of each game.
Who had access to the Project xCloud public test was editor Tom Warren, from The Verge. He played some of the titles available at his home in London, with a 1 Gb / s connection and 10 millisecond latency for Microsoft servers (also in London) and said he was impressed with the initial results.
The first title he tested was Sea of Thieves, which took about a minute to start on a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi network, with some crashes and choking on the audio. On another 5 GHz network, Warren reports that there was an improvement, but that he never had any problems like these during streaming 4K content.
There was also a discomfort in relation to the occasional lag during PvP matches Halo 5. “It wasn’t an extreme thing, but it was certainly possible to notice a delay in speed or in the response of movements.”
Project xCloud arrives this month
Project xCloud is not yet priced. It is not certain that it will be available in Brazil in October, but Microsoft already has an Azure server in the southern region of the country.
Xbox One owners will have a free version of the service, but it will be limited to titles available in the personal library. Game Pass subscribers will also have access to the service’s games on Project xCloud.