10 September 2019
Video game streaming is seen as the next big thing in the gaming industry. Google Stadia is one of the major services that has been announced and Microsoft is working on its own offering currently referred to as Project xCloud. The aim of these offerings is to make it possible for gamers to play their favorite games on any device by streaming them via the cloud. And now, Windows Central has published a new report sharing a few more details about Microsoft's take on game streaming.
The report mentions that Project xCloud will actually be released in two variants. The first and flagship variant will be the one related to cloud-based game streaming. It will make use of remotely placed servers for streaming games to the user's preferred devices. As for the second version, it is said to allow gamers to stream games from their Xbox console to any other device of their choice.
It means it will be utilizing your Xbox console as a server for streaming games that you have already purchased. The sources familiar with the plans also shared a few screenshots of the Xbox game streaming setup wizard. These screenshots show what the initial setup process would be like.
In the first screenshot, the service has been described as: "Turn your Xbox One into your own personal xCloud server. Stream your entire Xbox One library, including games from Xbox Game Pass, to your mobile device". Once you will choose the option to enable console streaming, the setup wizard will start checking if you fulfill all the requirements.
It will look for different aspects like upstream bandwidth, network latency, outbound port status, Bluetooth controller connection, and power settings. The streaming service will work only if you have disabled the power-saving mode which makes sense as it is expected to consume more power. Once you have met all the conditions, a connection will be established and you will be good to go.
As of now, there are no words on the release date of the service. It is also unknown whether both Project xCloud versions will be released to the public at the same time. We will bring you updated information as and when more details will become public.