Xbox without a game console? Microsoft starts testing a way

One week after Google introduced plans to circulation high-end video games from its personal servers, Microsoft says it’ll start its exams for a identical carrier subsequent 12 months. The so-called Project xCloud will let other people play the most recent Xbox video games from nearly any instrument, with Microsoft’s Azure information facilities doing the heavy lifting as a substitute of a robust house console or gaming PC.

Like Google, Microsoft hasn’t introduced any specifics on how a lot an eventual game streaming carrier would possibly price or what video games it’ll come with, even though Microsoft says builders will be capable of beef up game streaming with “no further paintings.” The corporate additionally claims that its present exams require web speeds of simply 10 Mbps, some distance less than the 25 Mbps connections that Google is recently focused on with its “Project Stream” exams. The subtext for Xbox builders: Microsoft’s carrier might succeed in extra customers with much less effort than no matter rival Google is operating on.

All boasting apart, each corporations recognize that latency and reliability are nonetheless main hurdles for game streaming, which would possibly give an explanation for why different services and products, like Nvidia’s GeForce Now and Sony’s PlayStation Now, haven’t long past mainstream. A real “Netflix of gaming” is most likely years away.