At E3 2018, Microsoft announced that it was working on a game streaming service. Users would be able to play their games no matter if they were on a phone or tablet. Today, the company provided more details about "Project xCloud". In a post on the Official Microsoft Blog, Kareem Choudhry, Corporate Vice President of Cloud Gaming said the following.
The highlights from this announcement have to be the ability to play on a smartphone or tablet, the fact that developers don't have to do any additional work, public trials are taking place in 2019, and that it's going to work with existing 4G networks and support 5G networks in the future.
The hurried Project xCloud announcement seems to be a result of Google's Project Stream test with Assassin's Creed Odyssey. However, Microsoft has an edge because the company is in a unique position to push out exclusive content created by teams like Playground Games or Ninja Theory. It's unclear what the future will hold, but it's definitely an exciting time to be a gamer. Console-quality games are going to become even more accessible in the near future.
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