Android users can rejoice, as it seems Microsoft is gearing up to publish Project xCloud and Xbox home console streaming very soon. A new app just appeared (opens in new tab) on the Google Play Store specifically for that purpose, and you can grab it right over here (opens in new tab). It is, however, currently unavailable in certain regions.
Xbox Game Streaming (Preview) on Google Play (opens in new tab)
The app recommends users sign up for public tests in the U.S., UK, and South Korea, which you can do over here. It notes that access is limited to Project xCloud, as Microsoft rolls out the service across the world. It's expected to go into testing some time in October 2019.
- Stream Xbox games to your Android phone or tablet
- Enjoy console-quality games like Gears 5 and Sea of Thieves directly from the cloud with Project xCloud (Preview)
- Stream Xbox One games installed on your console with Xbox Console Streaming (Preview)
- Play over WiFi or your mobile network
- Use an Xbox Wireless Controller with Bluetooth; optionally, clip it to your phone (clip sold separately)
- Project xCloud (Preview) is a first look at game streaming with Xbox, and we anticipate a high demand for a limited number of spaces
Project xCloud is Microsoft's cloud-based service, using Azure to stream games to any supported region across the world. Home console streaming will allow you to use your own Xbox as the server, which will work most optimally within home networks.
As of writing, users in supported regions can download the app, but it requires an Xbox update that isn't yet available. It should go live in the coming weeks (or even days).
For details on how to get prepared for both services, check out the links below.
- Related: How to prepare your network for Xbox game streaming
- Related: Project xCloud signs ups are now live
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You can already download it...
Yea I was able to install and log in. I'm currently at the "Set Up New Xbox" for game streaming and it seems like I'd work if I was at home right now. There's also a tab that goes to Project XCloud but that just links to the sign up page. But it seems like the console streaming is ready to go live.
Ah thanks, I was trying to download from Germany is the issue. Looks like it's ready to go in US/UK.
Did you try inputting a VPN into your router? I'm from Trinidad and Tobago, and it works for me sometimes.
I'm at home and when I try the console streaming it looks for the xbox and says "Not available in your ring or region yet". It maybe available to Alpha Xbox Insiders. I'm not at that ring level.
Doesn't seem to work for anyone yet. Must require a future update.
Yup getting the same error having just gotten home to try it myself. I'm on the beta ring on my Xbox just FYI. Like you I wonder if folks in the Skip Ahead/Alpha rings can use it or have tried. Maybe their push last week to get people to volunteer for the Skip Ahead Alpha ring had something to do with this.
I'm in Skip-Ahead....it's not available yet.
Does anyone know if this will support other third party controllers? I have a BT gamepad I use for ARK SE and some other games on my android phone. The controller is very similar, as in all the buttons should all map. At a guess, I would think it is XBox one controller only, though thought I would check before I go and order a new £40 controller.
It requires an Xbox controller at the moment.
Thanks jez now I'm nearly ready
I have a 150GB mobile plan and 150Mb/s downstream, hurry up with your silly beta so I can play Gears 5 on the bus.
What plan and service do you have sheesh what carrier
I live in Australia, we have pretty decent mobile internet, our home internet sucks balls, but mobile is decent. It also just throttles the speed after I run out, doesn't charge extra (in America apparently they call that an "unlimited" plan, we don't) for going over the data allowance.
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