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Project xCloud, how to receive the Microsoft platform

Project xCloud, the platform of Microsoft for streaming games in the cloud, is set to offer an experience of complete game to users without the need to invest in a hardware of game powerful, despite the fact that possibly it is a central feature of Xbox Scarlett.

The service will run games on the hardware in the data centers, Azure of Microsoft, and all the content is streamed to users ‘ devices, whether tvs, phones or any other equipment. Despite the fact that the launch of the Project xCloud will be in 2020, Microsoft has already begun a trial period and if you want to test Project xCloud, this is what you will need.

Requirements of Project xCloud

In a nutshell, you will need to

  • An invitation (and be located in EE. UU. or United Kingdom)
  • A wireless controller Xbox with Bluetooth (this excludes the original drivers for the Xbox One and Xbox Elite)
  • An Android device (6.0 and later with Bluetooth 4.0 or higher)
  • A fast connection to the Internet (Microsoft suggests 5 GHz Wifi or mobile data that exceed 10 Mbps)
  • The application Xbox Game Streaming

Unfortunately, the first thing you will need is an invitation and now the preview of Project xCloud is available only if you have one. Getting an invitation can take several months, so if you have not yet registered, runs to the web to do so. Once you receive an e-mail with an invitation to the preview, you can begin to experience the platform.

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In addition to the invitation, you will need a mobile device with Android 6.0 or later. It can be a phone or a tablet, provided that it is compatible with a Bluetooth connection to pair with the controller Xbox. The device will also need a fast Internet connection, over 10 Mbps ideally (can be Wifi 5 GHz or a mobile data connection).

While Microsoft argues that Project xCloud need a Xbox controller with Bluetooth, we discovered that this is not exactly true: it may be easier that way, but in addition to a controller Xbox One S and one controller Xbox Elite Wireless Series 2, we were able to pair and use a Sony DualShock 4 with the service. A USB controller can also be used and the application Xbox Game Streaming even suggests one when it does not detect any Bluetooth driver.

How to play with Project xCloud

Once you’ve received the invitation to preview of Project xCloud, you’ll need to download the application Xbox Game Streaming (available in Google Play). Download it and install it on your phone.

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You’ll also need to pair the Bluetooth driver that you have chosen with your phone. For a controller Xbox Bluetooth-enabled, you’ll have to press and hold the pairing button near the charging port until the Xbox logo on the front of the controller start to flash.

Then, holding your Android device in pairing mode Bluetooth (will vary depending on the device), select the controller Xbox from the list of available devices.

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Once the remote is connected, you can run the application. The application starts Xbox Game Streaming, and sign in to your Microsoft account; if you have multiple accounts, use the one in which you received the invitation for Project xCloud.

If the application takes you to a page of Xbox Game Streaming, you’ll need to press the menu button in the upper-left corner of the screen and select “Switch to Project xCloud”.

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Once on the page Project xCloud, you’re ready to begin. You can select any of the games listed on that page, and play them as if just the you were in an Xbox.

If you want to spend a good time in streaming, you will have to make sure you have a stable Internet connection and fast. We feel the need to stress this because we’ve seen how horrible they can experience otherwise. The images can pixelarse, the audio stutters and the latency reaches unbearable levels for players with more experience.

You can check our guide to play streaming to better understand what it is about Project xCloud and other similar services and why they need such a fast connection to the Internet.

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