Microsoft has confirmed it has been using its Project xCloud game streaming service to help developers during the stay-at-home situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the company has been leveraging the backend of the cloud-based platform.

This has allowed Xbox developers to download a new PC Content Test App that allows them to test games under low-latency environments. Microsoft is using its Project xCloud backend technology to drive their virtual development kits.

Microsoft says the developer kit has been adopted by several major game developers and studios. Among those using the kit for their trip AAA developments are third-parties and Microsoft Game Studios dev’s:

  • Eidos-Montréal
  • Infinity Ward
  • Ninja Theory
  • Playground Games
  • Rare
  • Turn 10 Studios
  • Undead Labs?

“xCloud will give the opportunity to dev teams and also internal and external QA teams to put their hands on our latest game builds from everywhere minutes after their release. By allowing the teams to connect remotely to their devkits and take advantage of the high bandwidth LAN network from our various office locations, xCloud will also add another layer of security as the content created will stay on our corporate network.” said. Guillaume Le-Malet, Infrastructure Director at Eidos-Montréal

Project xCloud

Microsoft’s Project xCloud is a cloud-based game streaming service that is currently in preview.

If you are unfamiliar with xCloud, it is a service that allows users to play Xbox One games anywhere. It works 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.

Project xCloud has been in preview since last October and Microsoft is using developer and user feedback to make the platform more efficient. One of the issues with the go-anywhere approach of xCloud is controls.