Microsoft demonstrated the work of Project xCloud - a streaming service that allows you to run games on any device. Once cloud technology was something of a fantasy, but today they are looked at by many large companies, including the manufacturer Xbox. And if the diskless console still exists only at the level of rumors, the opportunity to enjoy, say, Forza Horizon 4 on Android-smartphone will be available to the General public this year.
The recent racing hit is mentioned for a reason: it was on the example of Forza Horizon 4 that the capabilities of Project xCloud were shown. According to Karim Chowdry, responsible for this direction at Microsoft, gaming should develop this way: users will not be limited to the platform or the device and will be able to play anywhere from any device. The principle of operation of the service is very simple: the files are run in the data center of the Corporation and broadcast to the selected user gadget, whether phone or PC.
Chowdry stressed that Project xCloud is not created as a replacement for consoles. It's more a way to give gamers choice and freedom. The audience's attention was also focused on the fact that the quality of the games will not suffer — thanks to the power of data centers you will not have to sacrifice a high level of graphics and other settings. Public testing of the technology promises to start this year.