Project xCloud Xbox Game Streaming is almost here, with public tests now being implemented in the United Kingdom, USA. UU. And South Korea. However, closed beta tests are currently only available on Android. What is the status of hitting other platforms? This is what we know so far.
Will Project xCloud arrive on iOS for iPad and iPhones and Windows PC?
The short answer is yes. To speculate, the reason it has not come so far is that Android is more an open platform, which facilitates testing and large-scale implementation. The scale is also important. Apple's iOS mobile platform could have a large following in the US. UU., But worldwide, it represents less than 20% of the general smartphone market.
The addressable audience for Android is much, much, much higher. iOS also has some limitations on how its beta tests work, which places more restrictions on Microsoft's ability to test at scale.
Although they did not specifically mention iOS, a Microsoft spokesman provided us with this statement regarding other platforms.
We are excited to partner with Android partners in the early stages of our public preview and we are working closely with others in the industry to bring game streaming to a wide variety of devices with a screen and Internet connection. We will have more to share about bringing Project xCloud to other platforms at a later date.
Project xCloud is a natural setting for basically any device with display, internet connection and some form of connectivity for the controller. Future versions will not even need a controller, and will simply use on-screen touch controls, as is the case with the next folding Surface Duo.
With Project xCloud eventually reaching Windows PCs (and we've seen previous versions of it), Microsoft will allow a wide variety of low-power devices the ability to play contemporary AAA games, far beyond the capabilities of low end chips For devices such as the ARM-based Surface Pro X, this could be a big problem.
Related: How to register for Project xCloud tests
So when will Project xCloud arrive on other devices?
All we have to follow now is Microsoft's statement, "at a later date." Current tests are extremely limited, specifically for Android users in the United States, the United Kingdom and South Korea. You can sign up for a chance to try it here.
Realistically, I guess Microsoft aims to have Project xCloud available for a large Android test bed at the end of 2019, possibly pushing iOS tests in 2020. That is pure speculation, however. Microsoft may surprise us, and we will update this section as soon as we know something more concrete.
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More resources from Project xCloud
For everything you need to know about Project xCloud, system requirements, controller mounts and the best phones, check out these guides below.