Which phones support Xbox Game Streaming (Project xCloud)?

Project xCloud
Project xCloud (Image credit: Microsoft)

Which phones support Xbox Game Streaming (Project xCloud)?

Best answer: Xbox Game Streaming trials commence via Project xCloud Preview, compatible with devices sporting Android 6.0 and Bluetooth 4.0, or newer.

Understanding Project xCloud Preview

Project xCloud takes Microsoft's gaming efforts on the move, delivering full-fledged Xbox One gaming for mobile devices. The game streaming service promises low-latency experiences via cloud-based consoles, first targeting Android mobiles for initial tests. While later expected to touch Apple's iPhone and iPad lineup, precise details on availability remain absent, at least during tests.

October 2019 brings the Project xCloud Preview, marking the technology's public debut outside of internal tests and trade shows. While limited to select applicants in the U.S., UK, and Korea, Microsoft will steadily expand availability in time. Given relaxed hardware requirements, it establishes an accessible foundation for the platform, hitting as many devices as possible.

Does my phone support Project xCloud?

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Xbox Project xCloud (Image credit: Microsoft)

Project xCloud sets out to bridge an extensive lineup of devices, first targeting Android phones and tablets. Google's open mobile OS powers the latest from third-party manufacturers, including Samsung, Huawei, LG, and OnePlus. Early Xbox Game Streaming tests boast compatibility with over 500 devices, given Microsoft's relaxed guidelines for the app.

Project xCloud Preview's primary requirement is Android 6.0 "Marshmallow," a former Android variant first released in 2015, or newer. Phones and tablets released or updated since this milestone should meet xCloud demands, including most Android-based products launched in recent years. Bluetooth 4.0+ is also required, but given the rise of its 5.0 successor after eight years, it's now commonplace among modern Android devices. Older devices like the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Nexus 5 are among compatible units, even half a decade since launch.

Upcoming tests also require a Bluetooth-enabled Xbox One controller, covering all third-generation revisions released after mid-2016. Microsoft also recommends a phone controller mount, suspending regular and plus-side panels for a more natural viewing experience.

Best Phone for Project xCloud Xbox Game Streaming

With Xbox Game Streaming requirements confirmed for the first Project xCloud Preview, we already know a ton of great devices compatible with the service. We've wrapped up our top picks primed for game streaming, without breaking the bank.

Direct from the minds of Android, the Google Pixel lineup packs the best of OS, framed its take on the iPhone. Clean Android hits sleek hardware, with its latest affordable device duo built on the foundations of its pricier flagship counterpart. That means the same acclaimed camera and strong performance, all below $500.

The Google Pixel 3a offers a 5.6-inch OLED ideal for Xbox Game Streaming, while an XL offers an enveloping 6-inch experience for $60 more.

We're also huge fans of the OnePlus 7 Pro, dropping top-tier performance and design for hundreds less than rivals. That stunning edge-to-edge 6.7-inch OLED serves sharp QHD+ visuals and colors, delivering the best of every pixel at a 90Hz refresh rate. You've also got an option of high-bandwidth 5G, truly unlocking the potential of Xbox on-the-go.

Matt Brown

Matt Brown was formerly a Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.