Xbox Shows Project xCloud In Action, Playing Forza Horizon 4 On A Phone

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During the latest Inside Xbox livestream, Microsoft's Project xCloud tech was shown off in action. Project xCloud allows games to be streamed directly to devices via hardware in remote data centers, letting you play games through a sufficiently high-speed internet connection. Specifically, Forza Horizon 4 was shown running on an Android-based phone connected wirelessly to an Xbox One controller.

Xbox's head of gaming cloud Kareem Choudhry said that public trials for Project xCloud will begin this year, though a specific timing window was not given. Not much else was said in terms of details, but Microsoft dug into the tech a bit last year with a video discussing how the tech works. At E3 2018, head of Xbox Phil Spencer made mention of game streaming during the company's keynote presentation, and stressed that the tech will deliver "console-quality gaming on any device."

Cloud-based gaming is a fairly new and complex technology, and it's a good thing we have you covered; be sure to check out our detailed explainer on everything you need to know about cloud gaming.

Recently, I reviewed the cloud-based streaming service called Shadow and its set-top box Shadow Ghost. The service gives you access to a powerful gaming PC and streams the video feed of that PC to any device that can run the Shadow application. While it had some issues, Shadow worked especially well for non-competitive gaming experiences.

Inside Xbox had a few other big stories. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is set to launch on PC through a gradual rollout starting later this year with each game in the package sold separately. Halo: Reach will be the first of the series' lineup to hit the PC. Reach will also come to the Xbox One version of the collection with multiplayer available for existing owners; the campaign and Firefight mode will be separate paid DLC. Xbox Game Pass subscribers will be able to access all of the additional content when the update comes.

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"console-quality gaming"

r.i.p vita. shame so many things held this puppie back.

Avatar image for Pyrosa

Been playing on Android with the Steam Link app and FNBR with an XO controller (and a little grip+clamp) for awhile now, and it's surprisingly functional.

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will this stuff make consoles obsolete one day? i hope not but i actually do game like this on my phone while i'm out and about but i don't think i would ever play streaming games like this.

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@huyi12: The head of this department (Kareem Choudhry) plainly stated this was an additive feature and Xbox consoles were not going away. It will likely be quite some time before Internet infrastructure and speeds are up to the task for this to make consoles or PC gaming obsolete.

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@huyi12: I think when it comes to streaming a game at lower quality plus you don't actually own the game. Vs owning the game and having better hardware to run it rather than a stream then the choice is obvious for most. Plus you need a constant Internet connection and let's not forget the areas with poor connections.

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@gamingdevil800: that is the main reason that this won't work just yet, 5G hasn't been fully rolled out in the UK yet and there are not enough free open wifi hotspots with how much data this will require to run imo, there is no way i could do cloud gaming with how much data allowance i get per month anway.

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It's good to see them finally embracing their 3rd party future. Their absolute best asset is Xbox Live, and that's where they singularly excel at. Every other factor they consistently fail when they try, so it's good to finally see them take this jump. Better for them, better for the brand, better for the gamers.

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Pretty much what I've been predicting for over ten years, now. Screw Pachter.

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While I am excited for this I don't think wireless speeds are fast enough to play games like this while you are out and about, too much lag to be precise in driving or shooting games. But this will be great when you just want to relax in bed and play on your phone for a bit before going to bed.

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She is not actually playing though. DOH!

Avatar image for dlCHIEF58

@BassMan: Yup, worst video game play acting I've ever seen and she was annoying as hell. Be glad when next month the show gets back to a full crew with Major Nelson.