Microsoft shows off Project xCloud – Trials to begin later this year

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Microsoft showed off Project xCloud at its recent Inside Microsoft event. The feature was the highlight of the show and gave us our first glimpse of the new cloud service in action. With Sony and Nintendo already invested in the cloud gaming market, is Microsoft looking to throw their hat in the ring too?

In a time when Google is rumored to be entering the gaming space with a cloud console as well, the gaming field is about to get very packed.

Project xCloud will allow people to play games on their smartphones while on the go. This is similar to Remote Play on the PS4, which recently became available for iOS with the recent firmware 6.50 update for the console.

Sony already has its own offering for cloud gaming called PlayStation Now and Remote Play, and Nintendo already offers cloud gaming on the Nintendo Switch exclusively to Japan. (It’s currently available to 2 games – Resident Evil 7 and Assassins Creed: Odyssey)

There is also talk of Apple entering the gaming space with an announcement of their new iPod Touch 7th Gen at their upcoming March 25th event.

Since Microsoft and Sony are both expected to unveil their new consoles this year, 2019 is shaping up to be a game-changing gaming year. Microsoft is expected to announce their new console at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 2019) and Sony may announce their console at PlayStation Experience (set to take place later this year).

It will be interesting to see where the gaming space goes in 2019 now that we are seeing so many companies enter the console market through the power of the cloud.

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