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Last night, Microsoft surprised us all by spilling many details on its next-generation Xbox Series X roughly a year before it will even be released. The Xbox Series X has a tower form-factor, is powered by an AMD Zen 2 CPU paired with an RDNA GPU, and features GDDR6 memory along with an ultra-fast NVMe SSD for storage. The console will also ship with a revised wireless controller that is patterned after the Xbox Elite Series 2 Wireless Controller. In an interview with GameSpot, however, Xbox Chief Phil Spencer and Jason Ronald (Partner Director of Program Management for Team Xbox) provided some greater insight into the console with regards to local gaming, the cloud, and first-party... Read more...
Are the console wars transitioning to the cloud? Not so fast—both Microsoft and Sony have already shared a few detail's about each company's next-generation game console (Project Scarlett and PlayStation 5, respectively), and those won't even reach retail for another year. At the same time, however, companies are making plays in cloud gaming, and Amazon might be gearing up to throw its weight into the category as well. The spotlight is on cloud gaming right now because Google just launched its Stadia platform. Stadia is as ambitious as it comes—it's been likened to a Netflix for games, though the comparison is not entirely accurate. Still, the idea of playing games powered by servers... Read more...
Microsoft has launched the preview of the Project xCloud game streaming service. The xCloud preview opened yesterday afternoon and is available for gamers in the U.S., U.K., and Korea. The caveat is that players must be invited to the beta, and invites are going out now. The xCloud beta kicks off with streaming limited to Gears 5, Halo 5: Guardians, Killer Instinct, and Sea of Thieves during the initial preview of the service. Microsoft's Kareem Choudhry, cloud gaming head, says that the xCloud test will allow Microsoft to test in a broader capacity with a range of gamers, devices, network environments, and real-world use scenarios. Halo 5 via ProjectXcloud captured on my Galaxy S10. pic.twitter.com/0uq8YEZX2v... Read more...
Back in late 2018, we first talked about the controller prototypes for Microsoft's Project xCloud game streaming service that were meant to make gaming on smartphones and tablets more enjoyable. Controls are a crucial part of allowing gamers to enjoy the games xCloud offers anywhere, and few are happy with touch controls. A Microsoft patent has now turned up that shows line art that looks just like the prototypes that we saw last year. The tech that Microsoft cooked up was granted a patent on July 9, 2019, and is U.S. patent No. 10,348,108. The patent application was filed on June 13, 2017, taking a bit over two years to make its way through the patent process. Essentially, the controller attaches... Read more...
Earlier this week, Microsoft pre-announced its next-generation Xbox gaming console, codenamed Project Scarlett. Like the PlayStation 5 that has been talked about for the past few months, Project Scarlett is powered by a beefy octa-core Ryzen 3000 processor, a Radeon Navi GPU and its comes standard with an incredibly fast SSD instead of an old-hat HDD. However, with high-flying game streaming services like Project xCloud and Google Stadia on the horizon, some are questioning the need for expensive, dedicated hardware to play their AAA games. After all, Stadia can seamlessly stream games to your home in 4K HDR at 60fps with 5.1 surround sound. And both xCloud... Read more...
Microsoft is hoping to usher in a new era for game streaming with its Project xCloud game streaming service. The folks in Redmond, Washington gave us an early look at Project xCloud back in early March and is positioning it as a cross-platform service that will work on Xbox One consoles and even smartphones. Instead of having to install games on your device, those with a stout enough internet connection will be able to stream them directly with minimal lag. Today, Microsoft is giving us an update of sorts on Project xCloud, and its efforts to provide "seamless compatibility" for playing games anywhere. The service will work with just about any existing game without modification.... Read more...
Well, we can't say that we saw this one coming. Two bitter rivals in the console gaming market have announced the formation of a new partnership that will see Sony and Microsoft collaborating on "direct-to-consumer entertainment platforms and AI solutions." Sony's Kenichiro Yoshida and Microsoft's Satya Nadella At the center of this new tie-up between the gaming powerhouses is Microsoft's Azure datacenter solution. Microsoft already uses Azure for the backend of its own streaming Xbox-relating gaming services, but Sony is looking to tap into Azure to power its own game streaming and content streaming services for the PlayStation platform. Microsoft's own xCloud gaming service will launch... Read more...