Microsoft launching Project xCloud public preview in October

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft plans to launch a Project xCloud public preview in October, 2019.
  • The preview will be the first big test of what Project xCloud can do since it was announced last year.
  • Microsoft touched on other aspects of the service, including the ability to use your own Xbox as an xCloud server.

Microsoft took to its E3 2019 stage today with a ton of games, the reveal of its next-gen Project Scarlett console, and some new details on its Project xCloud game streaming platform. On that last point, Microsoft said it will commence the first public preview of Project xCloud in October, giving the service its first major test since it was announced last year.

Project xCloud is all about bringing your Xbox games to any device, no matter where you are. That not only includes PCs and streaming on your console, but mobile devices as well. The service has been in private testing with Microsoft employees and developers, but the public is getting its first taste of xCloud at E3 2019, where Microsoft invited attendees to go hands on with it.

We still don't know a ton about how Project xCloud will work, including how much data it will eat up at various resolutions and framerates. However, Microsoft did slip some more information about the service during its E3 conference. Apart from paying to stream games from Microsoft's own datacenters, you'll also be able to use your Xbox as your own, personal xCloud server.

Look for the public preview for Project xCloud to launch in October. In the meantime, we'll likely learn much more about the service in the months leading up to its launch.



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