Microsoft kicks off Project xCloud public preview

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Microsoft has launched the public preview of its game-streaming service Project xCloud.

The public preview is restricted to three areas: the US, South Korea and the UK. And it is also restricted to those who signed up to register their interest – which you can still do via the Xbox website. Although in the public preview FAQs, Microsoft includes the disclaimer: “During the preview, we will be starting small with a very limited number of spots available in our first phase and slowly increasing the number of accepted users throughout the year. Due to the large volume of applications, not all players can be accepted into the preview.”

In a blogpost, Project xCloud’s Corporate Vice President, Kareem Choudhry, said: “Public preview is a critical phase in our multi-year ambition to deliver game streaming globally at the scale and quality of experience that the gaming community deserves and expects. It’s time to put Project xCloud to the test in a broader capacity, with a range of gamers, devices, network environments and real-world use-case scenarios, and this is where you come in. At Xbox, we’ve made it a priority to engage with all of you to help in the creation process. We now want you to play with us and share your feedback on Project xCloud so we can iterate and improve, week after week.”

The start of Project xCloud’s public preview comes just a day after Google announced that its rival game-streaming service Stadia will launch on November 19. Similarly to Stadia, Project xCloud will allow users to stream Xbox games from the cloud to Android mobile phones and tablets. For more information, keep an eye on Project xCloud’s webpage.

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