We’ve been waiting for so long, and it finally happened — Project xCloud is finally live, and you should be able to test it right now, according to Microsoft.
Here’s a quick reminder of what’s going on here. Project xCloud is the streaming service set up by Microsoft that allows you to play your games on the go, on Android mobile devices. It’s in public preview before it fully releases at some point next year.
At the time being, you can play it in the US, UK, and Korea. The preview will spread across more countries in the future, but for the moment, you can only access it if you live in one of those nations, whether it’s wi-fi or mobile networks in your area.
The Project xCloud preview comes with four games you can enjoy even if you don’t own them: Gears 5, which was just released for Xbox One and PC; Halo 5: Guardians, the latest in the Master Chief saga; the fighter Killer Instinct; the online pirate adventure Sea of Thieves.
To stream your games, you’ll be required phone or tablet running Android 6.0 or higher with Bluetooth 4.0, a Microsoft account, and a Bluetooth-enabled Xbox One Wireless Controller. Also, and this is fundamental, you have had to request your invite here.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer shared a tweet to make it official, saying he is “proud” of the work done on the platform. He also said that “it’s an exciting time at Xbox. Invitations are rolling out now and will continue over the coming weeks. We’re excited for all of you to help shape the future of game streaming.”
We’re waiting for some feedback about the quality of the service, although it’s still a preview and has room to improve in any case, and of course, we’re expecting more countries to join the party in the midterm (here’s hoping for Italy!).
Proud of the #ProjectxCloud team for launching the public preview – it’s an exciting time at Xbox. Invitations are rolling out now and will continue over the coming weeks. We’re excited for all of you to help shape the future of game streaming.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) October 14, 2019