Microsoft launches xCloud with 2020 PS4 controller and PC streaming

Next year, more countries are accessing xCloud.

Microsoft plans to launch the xCloud game streaming service in 2020 and will expand to Windows 10 PCs next year. “In an interview with Verge, Phil Spencer, director of Microsoft games, said,“ We expect to be generally available in 2020. Next year, Microsoft plans to integrate Project xCloud with Xbox Game Pass so players can stream games directly from the company’s subscription service to the cloud.

Next year, Microsoft is promising some type of release, but it’s not yet ready to talk about prices or exact release dates, but the company plans to bring xCloud to a Windows 10 PC and it sounds like a PC game can be streamed here. future.

Microsoft is saying “next year” when it comes to Windows 10 support, but it’s likely to appear in months before the end of 2020. How they asked Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft cloud gaming director, the company handles keyboard and mouse support for Xbox games when streamed to a PC via xCloud. Many Xbox games do not currently support keyboards and mice, and developers are not easy to participate. Choudhry said, “It’s true that we’re talking about Xbox game content at the moment, but there will be more types of content.

In the future, Microsoft plans to stream PC games through xCloud, but Choudhry is now hints at this future. Microsoft doesn’t promise exactly where xCloud will go

XCloud is released in 2020 and still supports iPad and iPhone with non-Android extensions. It seems to change though. In an interview with The Verge, Catherine Gluckstein, general manager of xCloud said, “We are working on a prototype app. “We hope to launch on iOS. Of course it will. We are working with Apple. ”

I’ve seen iOS app prototypes on some iPhone devices, but I can’t try anyone at the X019 event in London this week. It’s noteworthy that Google doesn’t support iOS and launches Stadia next week. The immediate suspension of iOS support from xCloud and Stadia is likely related to Apple’s App Store policy.

Apple initially revised its App Store rules through “business crash” before denying their game of valve streaming app and eventually started rejected apps starting on iOS earlier this year without gaming ability purchased at the Steam Store It is. Apple is increasingly questioning the app store’s proprietary practices, and the EU is investigating Spotify’s complaints about similar issues.

In addition to iOS issues, Microsoft is also accepting controller support beyond the Xbox One Wireless Controller for xCloud. Microsoft plans to include support for Sony’s DualShock 4 controller and Razer’s other Bluetooth controllers and gamepads next year in xCloud. Good news for those who are familiar with PS4 controllers but want to play Halo, Forza or other Xbox games via xCloud.

The key part of the Microsoft xCloud testing is to make sure this final service is available worldwide. Microsoft is extending xCloud Preview to Canada, India, Japan, and Western Europe next year. Not sure when these additional countries will be accessible, but it’s important that Microsoft is expanding into India. Spencer says, “This is a huge market. Know your franchise … They do not have access to the franchise you see on the internet from the devices they own. “They will enter the Xbox ecosystem through a device other than a console, not a PC.”

xCloud can be a big opportunity for Microsoft in India. This is especially because the Xbox One console did not go well in countries where PlayStation sales dominated. While Microsoft is expanding to other countries during xCloud Preview, there is no guarantee that these markets will be launched. “We’ll definitely preview xCloud by country before launch, but not every country we’re previewing will definitely be released,” Gluckstein says.

Microsoft is talking more about xCloud this week as Google’s major competitor, Google, is ready to launch the Stardia service next week. Google is aggressive in its release plans, even if the promised feature needs to be expanded again with features that look slow like paid beta testing. Microsoft’s approach is relatively slow. Choudhry says that Microsoft looks cautious, “I see it responsibly and aggressively. “I don’t want to assume that I know all the correct answers. I want to go out and test, go out and get feedback from the community, find out what the right mix is and do the right thing. It’s more important to get the right thing than to go out quickly. ”

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