Microsoft to launch xCloud in 2020, with PS4 controllers and PC streaming on the way.
Microsoft has plans to launch its xCloud game streaming service sometime in the year 2020. Along with plans to expand its Windows 10 PC’s next year as well. “My expectation is that it will be generally available in 2020,” says Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s head of gaming, in an interview with The Verge. Which can be found here. Microsoft has plans to put Project xCloud and Xbox Game Pass together next year, which would allow players to stream games from the company’s subscription service direct from the cloud.
Now with any new services comes the question about pricing. However, Microsoft has not yet released anything about pricing. Which could be due to a few reasons. One could be they simply haven’t figured out what to price this service at. Or they don’t want to give competitors an edge on pricing. Which we think is much more likely.
Windows 10 Support
With plans to bring xCloud to Windows 10 PC’s, this could allow PC gamers to stream games from this service in the future. Microsoft has only said “next year” for Windows 10 support, but we think it is more likely we will see this in the next few months than near the end of 2020. The Verges Kareem Choudhry asked the head of cloud gaming at Microsoft, about how the company will handle keyboard and mouse support for Xbox games when they’re streamed via xCloud to WIndows 10 PCs. With very little support for keyboard and mouse right now for most Xbox games, which presents a challenge getting developers involved. “What you’re saying is absolutely true for Xbox game content right now, but there will be more types of content,” says Choudhry.
With that statement from Choudhry, it sure sounds like Microsoft is planning to stream PC games through xCloud in the future. However, Choudhry has only been hinting at this feature in the future at the moment. With no commitments currently, we can only hope.
xCloud on Android and IOS?
With the xCloud launch in 2020 and an expansion past Android, one thing we have yet to see is any talk about the IOS platform (Apple). However, that seems to be changing though. ” We have a prototype app up and running, it’s playing well,” explains Catherine Gluckstein, general manager of xCloud, in an interview with The Verge. “We would love for it to launch on iOS, and in due course, it will. We’re working with Apple.”
The prototype IOS app has been seen on some iPhone devices. However, Microsoft hasn’t let anyone test it out at the company’s X019 event in London this week. Something that is notable is that Google is launching Stadia next week with zero IOS support. Because why would they do that? All jokes aside this lack of support is probably due to Apple’s App Store policies which tend to be more strict than Google’s play store.
Apple rejects Valve’s Streaming App
Initially, Apple rejected Valve’s own game streaming app. Apple’s reason was “business conflicts,” before revising its App store rules. This then allowed the rejected app to launch on IOS earlier this year. However, this came at a cost for Valve. The ability to purchase games from the steam store was taken away. Which if you’re a gamer then you know it defeats the purpose of Valve. With such strict practices in place by the App Store, it’s only logical that questions and investigations will come into play. Such as the EU investigating a complaint from Spotify.
A major key part of Microsoft’s xCloud testing will be that this service will be available worldwide. With plans to expand its xCloud preview to countries like Canada, India, Japan, and Western Europe next year. Currently, there is no guarantee that these markets will be launched though. We’ll certainly preview xCloud in countries before we launch, but not all countries where we’re previewing will definitely launch,” says Gluckstein.
With Microsoft to launch xCloud in 2020, there are a lot of major things to look forward to. We at Rezz Tech are very excited to see everything this platform has to offer. Since we are also gamers this is truly an exciting service for us. If you want to stay up to date on other blogs like this make sure to sign up to stay informed! Don’t worry, we won’t spam your email.
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