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Project xCloud Xbox game streaming preview now live (update)

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What you need to know

  • Project xCloud is Microsoft's game streaming service to compete with Google Stadia.
  • The public trial is now live on Android phones.
  • Invitations are going out right now according to Xbox's Phil Spencer.

Updated October 23, 2019: Windows Central just received confirmation from Microsoft that Project xCloud is live.

Project xCloud is Microsoft's game streaming service to compete with Google Stadia and, to a lesser degree, PlayStation Now. It allows you to play AAA games like Gears 5 on your phone or tablet without the need to purchase an Xbox One.

It's unclear what the pricing will be, but if you signed up to take part in the October public trials, you're in luck. Xbox's Phil Spencer just announced that the public preview is live. Invitations are going out right now. Other users on Reddit are also saying that they can play games on Project xCloud now.

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Hopefully, the input lag will be as low as the team has been advertising. Early tests showed that Project xCloud was much better than Stadia when it came to responsive controls. However, these tests should provide an even better picture.

Did you sign up to take part in the Project xCloud trials? Let us know. Did you get an invitation just now?

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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

23 Comments
  • I don't remember whether this trial is geographically limited, and this article does nothing to remind me or offer info on it. I'll just do an internet search.
  • US, UK and South Korea only.
  • Thanks for the info. The article should have mentioned it. But well. Windows Central.
  • The other day there was an article talking about the game Outer Worlds and the fact that you can predownload it... ...without mentioning the release date smh
    Like c'mon guys, seriously?
  • "Other users on Reddit are also saying that they can play games on Project xCloud now." One screenshot which doesn't show anything in action at all.
  • Also this. I went to search in Reddit and there's zero evidence or talk about it.
  • Yep, got my invite. Just had a quick go on halo 5, seemed okay, slight lag that I am putting down to my iffy WiFi signal.
  • It's great out here in las Vegas, so far so good
  • Im Live with it and it works. Latency is damn impressive compared to that of Stadia, it's there but little and not annoying. I'm also curious how the first overall reports will be.
  • Jumped on in the uk seems stable on wifi and mobile data tried my luck at running it through my gear VR on samsung phonecast but could really feel the lag from the controller doing it that way. Would be nice to know around how much data it eats up on a mobile network.
  • I'm definitely going to avoid 4K via mobile data, I doubt there are any plans that would accommodate the high usage. Otherwise (if a 25Mb/s data connection is required which I think is what was stated for 4K streaming) you're looking at over 11GB's per hour.
  • That might be a shade under fair use policy as long there is a limited number of participants. Too many people, providers and mvno are going to notice and start doing what they do - creating new packages to get even more cash from the average joe. Best bet is to jump onto a sim only unlimited data contract before the price hikes.
  • You may be able to be critized in life by the likes of others but what they can't do is call you a liar lol
    You know them carriers are about to come with the bs and market it as a great plan to help you 😂
  • So when does xCloud come to Windows on ARM?
    That's a winning combo imo as you get the best of both worlds, portable gaming with extremely good battery life (compared to gaming laptops lol).
  • True, but intel, AMD need that too.
    Imagine WinClassic / Win10X capable of running XPA and xCloud... I can throw away my Android.
  • I think it will eventually come to everything. Starting with Android was one possibility.
  • I have a feeling google will get to a India first with its stadia
  • I don't think Google will get to Argentina first. But they have no games anyways.
  • "Updated October 23, 2019:
    Windows Central just received confirmation from Microsoft that Project xCloud is live." Back to the future
  • I signed up but I haven't received my invitation yet.
  • Your in my shoes right now. Still waiting.
  • Guys this is so smooth. Reports coming in even playing competitive multi-player on a 40mb connection is amazing. Here is a guy who has tried it. At first he tried to use his network to stream also to PC at the same time. But it was to much for his network. But once he turned that off, it worked flawlessly with no lag. So happy. Come on MS give me my invite. He turns his capture stream off at 5 mins in the video if you want to jump to that. But it's worth watchong all 10 mins as he explains everything. https://youtu.be/DqCj4wqX0sY
  • This could end up being a threat to many independent game developers.