07 November 2019
UPDATE (October 2nd, 2019):
The good news is that the Xbox Game Streaming app is now available for download via Google Play Store. It is a free-to-download app and is accessible only in selected regions. It is the companion app that will allow Xbox users to stream games on their Android smartphones and tablets. It will work with WiFi as well as cellular internet connection (4G LTE or higher for good performance).
The listing shows that Microsoft is preparing for the Project xCloud public beta which should begin sooner than later. The exact timeline is still unknown but it is likely to happen in the coming weeks if not days.
- Xbox Game Streaming | Android | Google Play Store, Free
Original (September 25th, 2019)
Microsoft has started taking registrations for the public beta of its cloud-based game streaming service currently called Project xCloud. The beta is currently available only in the United States, the United Kingdom, and South Korea. It is a limited beta which means not all of the registered users will be selected.
The official announcement revealed that Microsoft will select a limited number of participants but did not offer details about the exact count. It has plans of expanding and adding more beta testers in the future but specific details about this are also missing. It has set up a dedicated page for users to send their applications and if they are selected, they will receive an email from the team with details about further steps to take.
There are a few compulsory requirements that you need to fulfill to become eligible for the registration. You will need to have an Android device running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or higher and with Bluetooth 4.0 or higher. The user should have an active 5GHz WiFi or mobile internet connection with at least 10Mbps download speed. The last two must-have things are Xbox One wireless controller and the all-new Xbox Game Streaming application. This new app is available for free through the Google Play Store and can be downloaded by anyone but only selected beta testers will be able to sign-in.
Microsoft says that xCloud preview invites will be sent out starting October but since there are limited sports, many of the users may not receive an invite for months after registration. For now, the public beta includes three games: Gears 5, Halo 5, and Sea of Thieves. It will be adding more games in the future but these are the titles that you will have to kickstart the beta program and sharing feedback.
Project xCloud is not the only game streaming service that is now available for usage. EA has also started closed beta testing for its own service that currently offers games like FIFA 19, Titanfall 2, and Need for Speed Rivals. If you want to try out something that is not in the beta stage and is ready for prime time, Google Stadia is all set to become available in mid-November.