For those who don’t know, Project xCloud is Microsoft’s game-streaming service that enables gamers to play console-quality games anywhere using mobile and tablet devices they already own. The public preview for Android devices begins in October in the United States, United Kingdom and Korea. After registering, the invites will be sent in the “coming weeks.” Titles will include Halo 5: Guardians, Gears 5, Killer Instinct and Sea of Thieves. Best of all, you don’t need to buy or already own the game for it to work during the preview. Read more for the announcement video and the preview signup link.
Participants in the xCloud public preview are required to have a phone or tablet running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or later, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, a Microsoft account and a Bluetooth-enabled Xbox One controller. Microsoft recommends getting a phone mount for the controller, although it’s not a requirement to get accepted into the preview. It runs over Wi-Fi or mobile networks, and so far, T-Mobile is the official US partner for streaming over LTE. Sign up here.
We chose T-Mobile as our technical partner for the Project xCloud preview in the US to leverage their mobile expertise as we embark on the next phase of our cloud gaming journey. T-Mobile’s strong network performance, excitement for gaming, and partnership will help us better understand how to meet the needs of gamers,” said Kareem Choudhry, Corporate Vice President, Project xCloud.