Project xCloud streams Sea of Thieves to a tablet with a prototype touch overlay.
Project xCloud streams Sea of Thieves to a tablet with a prototype touch overlay.

Microsoft’s Project xCloud service will launch in 2019 as a cloud gaming platform. We are still learning what the project will be and the latest information suggests artificial intelligence (AI) will be used.

A report by Windows United says xCloud will leverage AI to allow mobile gamers to have a more responsive experience.

If you are unfamiliar with xCloud, it is a service that will bring Xbox games across platforms and devices. By storing all game data in the cloud, users will not need highly specified hardware. Instead, Microsoft’s servers will do the heavy lifting and gamers will just need a good internet connection.

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In terms of AI use, Microsoft will use machine learning algorithms to learn the usage habits of gamers. This will allow Project xCloud to know what game a user might wants to play next. For example, if you are playing on the Xbox One but switch to mobile, xCloud will predict what you will want to play next.

Patent

A Microsoft patent filed details the underlying technology:

 “Features of the current invention allow players to instantly access games and begin playing via an online service. To make the games available immediately, an online service keeps instances of games in active memory waiting for a player to be added. The games running in active memory are not tied to a player profile or an I/O channel of a game client.

“Once the player requests a game, the player profile of the player is loaded into the running game instance and an I/O channel is mapped by the game client to the game instance. From the player’s point of view, the pre-installed game instances allow the player to navigate from game to game with very little delay, optimizing the use of server-side resources.”

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