Microsoft set to launch streaming mode for Xbox this October

Back in October last year, Microsoft teased a collaboration with game streaming service xCloud. This year we’re getting more details about the project after a brief demo last March. Those who attended yesterday’s Xbox E3 event had their first glance of the project that is expected to have a preview in October this year.

“Two months ago we connected all Xbox developers to Project xCloud,” revealed Xbox exec Phil Spencer. He continued to say that the development dubbed ‘Console Streaming’ will “turn your Xbox One into your own personal and free xCloud server.” Console Streaming will give gamers the choice to stream games from Xbox One library and Xbox Game Pass to a multitude of devices.

Xbox E3’s official Twitter page posted the video of Spencer’s announcement. The caption wrote:

“With Console Streaming from your Xbox One you’ll be able to:

✅ Turn your Xbox One into your own personal console server
✅ Stream your Xbox One library, including Xbox Game Pass, for free

Where you play is entirely your choice. Going into preview in October. #XboxE3”

See the video bellow:

Spencer said about the new streaming service:

“On team Xbox, every decision is guided by the belief that gaming is for everyone. This is why we keep innovating hardware and services, and it’s why we’re uniting communities through cross-play.”

Details about the service’s actual release date or pricing haven’t been revealed. The xCloud service is expected to be Microsoft’s answer to Sony’s PlayStation Now and Google’s Stadia cloud streaming services.

Google’s Stadia will reportedly be available on November for a $10/month subscription. However, games are not included and users will have to pay extra for it. It is similar to Shadow, Nvidia’s GeForce Now and LquidSky’s streaming services.

Christian Woods
Christian Woods
Christian is a morning reporter and technology columnist for Best in Australia. Christian has worked in the media since 2000, in a range of locations. He joined Best in Australia in 2018, and began working in Melbourne in 2019.
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