Microsoft Project xCloud. 50+ games. Internal testing for Windows 10 PCs has started.

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by Garth » Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:17 pm


Samsung and Xbox partner for cloud gaming

Samsung on Tuesday finally revealed details of its new flagship phone, the Galaxy S20, and its next folding device, the Galaxy Z Flip, at its Unpacked event. The Korean tech giant also talked up partnerships with companies such as Google, Netflix and, on the gaming front, Microsoft.

David Park, Samsung's director of strategy, said on stage that the company is working with Xbox on a "premium cloud-based game streaming experience." Park didn't offer any other details, just saying more would be revealed in the future.

Microsoft is currently previewing its own game streaming service, Project xCloud. The cloud streaming service is expected to tie-in with Microsoft's upcoming game console, the Xbox Series X, that comes out later in 2020.

Samsung didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on the partnership, but Microsoft said they're looking forward to sharing more about service later this year.

"We believe players around the world should have access to great, high-quality games on the device of their choice," a Microsoft spokesperson said via email Tuesday. "Working with partners like Samsung is an important step in our Project xCloud journey and will help make game streaming more accessible for gamers. We look forward to sharing more later this year."

Along with the announcement of a partnership, Park revealed Microsoft's Forza Street will come to Galaxy devices. The racing game was originally released last year to Windows 10 computers. Those interested can pre-register for the game on the Galaxy Store or Google Play.

https://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-and-x ... y-devices/

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PostRe: Microsoft Project xCloud. 50+ games. Digital Foundry beta test vid (p7). 15 games added.
by more heat than light » Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:32 am

Urgh, anyone but strawberry floating Samsung. :x

jawafour wrote:You definitely have the biggest one, mhtl - it's strawberry-floatin' massive!
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PostRe: Microsoft Project xCloud. 50+ games. Digital Foundry beta test vid (p7). 15 games added.
by Garth » Wed Feb 12, 2020 6:07 pm



They're looking for 10,000 people from the UK, US and Canada to test it. Further info here: https://majornelson.com/2020/02/12/proj ... ins-today/

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PostRe: Microsoft Project xCloud. 50+ games. iOS TestFlight starting today (p8).
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PostRe: Microsoft Project xCloud. 50+ games. iOS TestFlight underway(p8).
by Monkey Man » Fri Feb 28, 2020 12:19 pm

Brad Sams -

There are also other features coming to the service that have not yet been released, such as streaming PC games using xCloud. While the details are still a bit thin, people familiar with the company’s plans state that it looks like the next step for xCloud will offer a solution similar to that of what Nvidia recently launched, GeForce Now. We have seen a similar feature where you can stream games from your Xbox console to another device, PC gamers will soon be able to do the same.

Microsoft’s goal is to make xCloud the backbone for all future gaming options going forward and I expect we will hear more about the company’s plans at GDC which takes place in a couple of weeks. At GDC, the company will likely be pushing its GameStack tools as Micorosft looks to bring more developers into the Azure/Xbox ecosystem.

For now, know that Microsoft is investing heavily into xCloud and that the company is looking to position the service as the foundation of the future of gaming. As the marketing engines kick into high gear for the series X, don’t lose focus that xCloud is the ace in the sleeve for Microsoft.

https://www.thurrott.com/games/xbox/230 ... ect-xcloud


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by Monkey Man » Mon Mar 09, 2020 5:37 pm

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We want to help all of you discover that next great adventure while making it as easy as possible to view the game and jump in. To do so, we’re rolling out a new feature to Project xCloud preview starting today for Android phone and/or tablet users in all preview markets.

When you open up the Xbox Game Streaming preview app, you’ll see a set of trailers for five different games you can swipe through at your leisure. As you watch the trailer, the game will load in the background and if a particular game catches your eye, you can jump in and play or keep searching for something else.

We’ll continue to mix in new trailers to keep things fresh and to help you try something new.

https://majornelson.com/2020/03/09/proj ... ore-games/

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PostRe: Microsoft Project xCloud. 50+ games. Streaming PC games?(p8).
by Monkey Man » Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:29 pm



Kevin LaChapelle and Catherine Gluckstein take you on a deeper dive into what's new this month with Project xCloud.


Yakuza 0 hits Project xCloud, Ninja Theory and Rare working on touch controls

https://www.windowscentral.com/yakuza-0 ... h-controls

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PostRe: Microsoft Project xCloud. 50+ games. March Preview Update video (p8).
by Monkey Man » Tue Mar 17, 2020 1:12 pm

Small bit of info about xCloud in the latest Series X news -

The exact same Series X processor is used in the Project Scarlett cloud servers that'll replace the Xbox One S-based xCloud models currenly being used. For this purpose, AMD built in EEC error correction for GDDR6 with no performance penalty (there is actually no such thing as EEC-compatible G6, so AMD and Microsoft are rolling their own solution), while virtualisation features are also included. And this leads us on to our first mic-drop moment: the Series X processor is actually capable of running four Xbox One S game sessions simultaneously on the same chip, and contains an new internal video encoder that is six times as fast as the more latent, external encoder used on current xCloud servers.

https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digi ... full-specs

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by Monkey Man » Tue Mar 17, 2020 7:49 pm

Project xCloud Developer Update: Making Games Cloud Aware

At GDC 2019 we gave a sneak peek at how developers can enhance their games for a streaming experience by making them cloud aware. Since then we have learned a great deal about what developers need and how to help them tailor their games for this new environment. Taking these learnings, we have been focused on improving three key areas:

Input. Gamers playing on their mobile devices want to be able to play anywhere, anytime without having to carry a controller around with them. Support for touch overlays control and native touch interaction allows developers to easily offer natural interactivity for their games.

Screen Size. When games are being streamed to a mobile device you may want to adjust the text size or other elements of the game to make it more playable. We now have APIs that provide device-side characteristics such as screen size that enable to you correctly make those adjustments.

Network. Over the last decade, multiplayer games have worked hard to make sure gamers have a fair and predictable experience even when all players don't have the same network connections. A cloud aware game has the ability to understand the network that the gamer is on and can make adjustments as needed. In addition to APIs to manage connection state and server locations, we also provide a set of tools that allow developers to simulate different network conditions.

As part of Game Stack Live, we've pre-recorded a set of talks to share our learnings from the past year, as well as walking developers through how to build a best in class cloud aware experience for their games. We have posted two new talks that can be found here:

https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/g ... ames-cloud




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PostRe: Microsoft Project xCloud. 50+ games. March Preview Update video (p8).
by Monkey Man » Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:32 pm



Microsoft has started testing its Project xCloud game streaming service for Windows 10 PCs this week. The software giant is making the preview version available to all Microsoft employees, and The Verge has been able to obtain exclusive screenshots of how xCloud will work on PCs.

There are a variety of games available to Microsoft employees to test, but the app is currently limited to 720p streams for now. “This internal preview is running at 720p resolution with 1080p just around the corner,” reveals an internal Microsoft support note.

Microsoft also recently upgraded its xCloud server blades to include eight Xbox One S consoles in a single server instance. That’s up from the four the company was previously testing.

Microsoft is now working to eventually transition these xCloud servers to the Xbox Series X processor. This next-gen processor is far more powerful and capable of running 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.


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