Sony has entered the world of streaming gaming with PlayStation Now for several years now, and Google is preparing to do the same (in different ways) in November with the Stadia project. Microsoft has obviously not been watching, and by the end of the year, it will launch the Public Test of its Project xCloud.
The service in question will allow users to play all the titles in their Xbox One library for free on a wide variety of devices. In essence, the console will become a sort of personal server. The Redmond house has also thought of players without a console since it will also allow them to play through the proprietary Azure servers. In this case, the service will have a cost that has not yet been revealed.
To make such an ambitious project work, of course, we need an adequate infrastructure. The leaders of Microsoft have thought so well to show it to us in a recent video of Fortune Magazine, in which the boss of Xbox Phil Spencer and the Corporate Vice President of Gaming Cloud Kareem Choudhry have led us to the discovery of the powerful hardware that will allow Project xCloud of work. Kareem stated that “the journey in the cloud began with the original Xbox”, while Spencer added that “in order for streaming to work in the long run, it is necessary to support the diversity of business models present in the videogame world”.
The really interesting part, however, came later, when the vice president of the cloud project showed us one of the hardware units that will be implemented in data centers around the world, and that in fact will take care of running the games that will come streaming on our screens. It is, basically, of a real console consists of eight Xbox One S. Choudhry stated that any game design for the Xbox platform is automatically able to run on this hardware, which therefore guarantees full compatibility with the entire library. See for yourself in the attached video at the top of this news. Furthermore, if you are curious to learn more about the entire project, we advise you to read the special on Project xCloud of our Tommaso Montagnoli.