Microsoft confirmed at E3 2019 that its Project xCloud cloud game streaming service will be launched this year. Now the company is preparing the platform those that launch. For example, a Project xCloud Test Game has been placed on the Microsoft Store.
Spotted by Twitter user h0x0d, the game is currently just a placeholder and cannot be downloaded. Microsoft is expected to launch a beta for xCloud soon and this shows the company is preparing for games to be available on the Microsoft Store.
As for the listing, it is labelled as an Xbox One application even though Project xCloud will be more focused on mobile game streaming. Perhaps this placeholder application will eventually become the bridge that allows the Xbox One to act as a server.
If you are unfamiliar with xCloud, it is a service that allows users to play Xbox One games anywhere and, on any device, including smartphones. Because all data and computing power is hosted in the cloud, gamers can get console-grade gaming from Xbox on their handsets.
Microsoft confirmed at E3 2019 that Project xCloud will launch in 2019. The company says the platform “has the technical capability to stream more than 3,500 games” without developers changing their content.
Some major developers are already testing xCloud, including Capcom.
“We’ve already deployed our custom Project xCloud blades to datacenters across 13 Azure regions with an initial emphasis on proximity to key game development centers in North America, Asia and Europe,” explains Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft’s cloud gaming chief.
Earlier this year, Microsoft explained about the server power required to run xCloud optimally.
The company says the platform “has the technical capability to stream more than 3,500 games” without developers changing their content.