29 January 2019
At the recently held Samsung Developer Conference (SDC), Microsoft confirmed that it will make its Project xCloud game streaming service available for Samsung smartphones as well. It means once the service becomes available, Samsung users will also be able to stream console-level games directly on their smartphones.
The announcement was made by Microsoft's Xbox division chief Phil Spencer. He said that the team is working on bringing highest-quality games to as many devices as possible. This is the reason why partnering with Samsung makes perfect sense as there are just millions and millions of Galaxy devices users worldwide. On another hand, it will be a beneficial deal for Samsung too as this way, it will be able to appeal to those users who love to game on their smartphones.
The Project xCloud will be relying on Microsoft's Azure cloud services for tasks related to game processing and handling. This way, gamers will not have to settle for the computing powers of their smartphones which have improved significantly in recent times but are still way behind when compared with consoles and PCs. It simply means all the game processing will happen at the cloud and it will be streamed on the phone's screen for users to play.
This is undoubtedly an interesting project but like every other project, there are some challenges which are preventing it from becoming a reality at the moment. One of the biggest challenges is to ensure that there is almost no lag because if there will be a lag, it will not result in a smooth gaming experience. Another significant challenge is how to offer better gameplay controls on mobile devices as the current standard touch-based controls are not good enough for console games. It was recently reported that the team was working on Xbox controllers meant for smartphones and tablets.