If you’ve been waiting to try out Microsoft’s new cloud gaming service, Xbox has announced that the Project xCloud Public Preview is available in the US, UK, and Korea.
Announced almost a year ago, the Xbox cloud streaming service will allow Xbox gamers to stream directly from Microsoft or set up their Xbox One consoles as personal Project xCloud streaming servers. In either case, they will be able to play their favourite games on their laptops, mobile devices, or computers when not at their Xbox — or even at home.
Here’s how to get started, as per Xbox:
• If you’re in the US and UK, you can sign up to register today here, and if you’re in Korea, you can register here. We’ll begin to send invites in the coming weeks. With a goal of learning and improving quickly, we’re taking a phased approach to our public preview, starting with a small number of participants to get initial feedback, then opening it up to more and more gamers. If you don’t receive an invite right away, there will be other opportunities; we’ll continue to open up more spots over time.
• Xbox launched with Halo, and so will the Project xCloud public preview. It will begin with Halo 5: Guardians, the all-new Gears 5, a fantastic fast-twitch fighter Killer Instinct, and the online adventure Sea of Thieves. This is just the beginning as our content library will continue to grow as the preview progresses.
• There are a few requirements to participate in the Project xCloud preview. You’ll need a phone or tablet running Android 6.0 or higher with Bluetooth 4.0; a Microsoft account; a Bluetooth-enabled Xbox One Wireless Controller; and while not required, we recommend a phone mount for your controller. Project xCloud runs on Wi-Fi and mobile networks in your area.
• You will be able to access content through our all-new Microsoft Game Streaming app, available in the coming weeks for Android devices. It’ll be available for all to download, but you’ll only be able to sign in once you’ve received an official invite into the preview.
If you are interested, you’ll want to sign up early as Xbox anticipates high interest from people wanting to test it out. If you don’t get in right away, they will be adding more people to the public preview as the program expands.
Personally, I can’t wait until the service comes to Canada, nothing like a little Forza Horizon 4 or Gears 5 while on a lunch break at work…