Microsoft demonstrates xCloud game streaming a week before Google’s ‘future of gaming’ event

Microsoft has provided a live demonstration of its upcoming Project xCloud gaming service. The software maker originally introduced xCloud last year, promising a cloud gaming service that broadcasts games to PCs, consoles and mobile devices. While CEO Satya Nadella promised tests at the end of this year, we have not heard many details about xCloud yet or when it will appear completely. Microsoft still has no firm dates yet, but the company has now publicly demonstrated xCloud for the first time.

During Microsoft's Inside Xbox event the night before, Microsoft showed Forza Horizon 4 broadcasting from the company's Azure data centers for an Android device. An Xbox One controller was connected to the phone via Bluetooth, which shows how it will be easy to transmit games from the cloud to mobile devices.


Kareem Choudhry, the head of the Microsoft gaming cloud, appeared in the segment and revealed in a blog that the company is not trying to replace consoles with xCloud. "We are developing Project xCloud not as a replacement for game consoles, but as a way to provide the same option and versatility that music and video lovers enjoy today," explains Choudhry. "We are adding more ways to play Xbox games."

Microsoft's reminder that xCloud exists and will enter public testing later this year comes just as Google is preparing to reveal what it calls "the future of gaming." will present his vision for the games at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) next week. It is rumored that Google is publicly launching its own game transmission service, and the company can present its own game controller along with the service.

However, Google is not the only competitor that Microsoft will face in the transmission of the cloud. Sony has its own PlayStation Now service, and even allows you to remotely play your PS4 games from an iPhone or iPad. Nvidia runs its GeForce Now game broadcast service, and Shadow and Liquid Sky are also trying to convince players that the transmission of games is the future. Microsoft and Google could be the big technology companies that make noise regarding the transmission of games this year, but it seems that Amazon will also broadcast the games to your home.