Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming service wants to bring Xbox to your phone

Mobile gaming has certainly taken off, but not in the way many enthusiasts would’ve liked. There’s a ton of money in smartphone gaming for companies, and there’s no shortage of stuff to play, but it’s extremely rare to ever see a fully fleshed out gaming experience on the Play Store, and even rarer for those experiences to match what a dedicated video gaming console or PC can deliver.

Microsoft’s solution? Let’s just bring the Xbox games right to your phone.

Microsoft’s recently announced Project xCloud utilized cloud servers and cloud computing to stream full video games to a ton of different devices, including things like smartphones, PCs, and even other gaming consoles. The games are all rendered and handled at a Microsoft data center, then slung out to a satellite device that can be controlled either natively (IE, on a touchscreen) or with an Xbox controller.

This isn’t a particularly new kind of technology, as Sony and NVIDIA have both dabbled in it, but it does seem to have a broader scope than what either of the other two are planning. It’s going to have some seriously stiff competition from Google, though, with the search giant already testing streaming within the Chrome browser and some earlier rumored Chromecast streaming projects in the works.

But hey, if you’re looking to get your AAA gaming fix on the go, the next few years look very promising.


About the Author: Jared Peters

Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm currently covers just about everything. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo's Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.


  • Plerisei

    I’m in the beta for Google’s project stream. That service has zero input lag. This is going to be big when it comes out.