Microsoft has started testing its Project xCloud game streaming service for Windows 10 PCs this week. The software giant makes the preview version, with which you can stream Xbox games on a PC, available to all Microsoft employees. The Verge received exclusive screenshots of how xCloud works on PCs.
Microsoft has developed an Xbox Game Streaming app for Windows 10 that will be available in the Windows Store. Similar to the Android or iOS versions, the app requires a Bluetooth Xbox One controller, a Microsoft account and a good internet connection. The PC app also supports streaming games from an Xbox One console locally or remotely, instead of using Microsoft's xCloud server blades.
Microsoft employees have various games available for testing. However, the app is currently limited to 720p streams. "This internal preview is carried out around the corner with a resolution of 720p and 1080p," says an internal Microsoft support note.
The experience is very similar to that available on Android and iOS, down to the user interface and the way you access and stream games. In any case, it appears to be ready for general testing, and it is likely that Microsoft will soon make this available for external Xbox testers.
Microsoft recently updated its xCloud server blades to eight Xbox One S consoles in a single server instance. This is more than the four that the company has previously tested.
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Microsoft is now working on finally converting these xCloud servers to the Xbox Series X processor. This next generation processor is far more powerful and can run four Xbox One S game sessions simultaneously on a single chip. It also includes a new built-in video encoder that is up to six times faster than the current external encoder that Microsoft uses on existing xCloud servers.
Microsoft has committed to launch xCloud along the way this year with support for PS4 controllers and Windows 10 streaming. The Xbox maker plans to integrate Project xCloud into Xbox Game Pass later this year so players can stream games from the company's subscription service directly from the cloud.