As anticipated in recent weeks, the Public Preview phase of Xcloud. For those not aware of it, this is the Microsoft platform for the cloud gaming that within the next few months it will compete directly with Google's alternative Stadia. It will allow you to play in streaming, without PC or console, it will be sufficient to have a sufficiently fast Internet connection.
xCloud, the Public Preview starts today
For this test, the Redmond group chose four titles: Gears 5, Halo 5 Guardians, Killer Instinct and Sea of Thieves. There are limitations also in geographical terms: the service is now available for preview only in the territories of United States, United Kingdom and South Korea. The objective at the moment is obviously to collect the feedback needed to perfect the system, based on the Azure infrastructure, so that the official debut may be free from flaws or malfunctions.
All you need to connect to xCloud servers and launch one of the games available in streaming is a Microsoft account, an Android device (version 6.0 or later) and an Xbox One joypad with Bluetooth module for wireless connectivity.
Microsoft has announced that it has already signed collaborations with some operators (T-Mobile in the United States, Vodafone in the United Kingdom and SK Telecom in South Korea) to evaluate the possibility of making the cloud gaming platform usable also through 5G networks. An attractive hypothesis, but which will inevitably have to be based on a sort of flat formula, considering consumption in terms of traffic generated by services of this type, especially if the titles are executed in high definition.