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Xbox Project xCloud hands-on: Magic meets game streaming

Xbox Project xCloud game streaming
Xbox Project xCloud game streaming (Image credit: Windows Central)

Microsoft has debuted Xbox Project xCloud, kicking off its first invite-only preview for its game-streaming vision. Bringing full-fledged console gaming to phones, the platform sets out to mobilize its Xbox One successes, taking top titles on-the-go via the cloud. First limited to Android devices, it's a taste of future Xbox plans, bolstering its existing portfolio of services like Xbox Game Pass.

First impressions: 24 hours with Xbox Project xCloud Game Streaming

We've spent a few days down the Project xCloud pipeline, trialing Gears 5, Halo 5: Guardians, Sea of Thieves, and Killer Instinct. Leading technology has helped Microsoft secure clarity and fluidity without compromising latency, framed as "pure magic" in our recent hands-on preview. While cloud streaming is far from proven in gaming, Xbox Game Streaming already shows a capable implementation, in its pre-release state.

We captured a fraction of our Project xCloud experience so far, providing a deeper dive into performance and presentation via the new Xbox Game Streaming app.

Project xCloud remains an in-progress venture for 2019, as Microsoft lays its foundations, with help from fast-growing cloud reach. It's still unclear when the service will launch in an official capacity, and how the platform will be pitched from a commercial standpoint.

In the meantime, Project xCloud Preview registration remains live via Microsoft, providing your hands-on opportunity with the latest Xbox innovation. Currently limited to Android devices, you'll need a Bluetooth-compatible Xbox controller, with a recommended controller phone mount.

Matt Brown is a senior editor at Future for Windows Central. Following six years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Xbox and Windows PCs. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.