First look at Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming service for Windows PCs

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After putting in development phase for several months, Microsoft is finally started testing its Project xCloud game streaming service for Windows 10 PCs this week. The company is pushing the preview version which lets you stream Xbox games to a PC, available to all Microsoft employees.

To make it easier for everyone to access this feature, Microsoft has developed an Xbox Game Streaming app for Windows 10 that will be available in the Windows Store. Just like most of the Android or iOS versions, the app requires a Bluetooth Xbox One controller, a Microsoft account, and a good internet connection. 

The PC app will also support streaming games from an Xbox One console locally or remotely, instead of using Microsoft’s xCloud server blades. As of now, there are many games available for 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 instead of four which the company was using previously. The experience with xCloud game streaming service on PC is very similar to Android and iOS, even down to the user interface and the way you access and stream games.

Microsoft has committed to launching xCloud this year, with PS4 controller support and this Windows 10 streaming on the way. The Xbox maker is planning to integrate Project xCloud with Xbox Game Pass later this year, allowing players to stream games from the company’s subscription service directly from the cloud.

As of now, the testing version is only available to Microsoft’s employees and might soon available to external Xbox testers. 

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