Last year, Microsoft announced Project xCloud, a game service that allows you to play video games transmitted over the Internet, such as the way you watch Netflix videos. Since then, he has announced features and capabilities in dribs and drabs.
On Friday, the company published a blog post about how the service uses hardware similar to existing Xbox One consoles. That means that an existing library of more than 3,500 games will run on the service “without any change or modification required by the developer,” Microsoft said.
“In other words, developers will be able to dramatically scale their existing games through devices, without additional development, without additional code base maintenance and without separate updates,” the company said. “When a developer updates the Xbox One version of its title, those updates will also apply to all versions available in Project xCloud without any additional work.”
The announcement is Microsoft’s latest effort to attract people to their next service. And there’s a good reason why Microsoft is releasing it early.
A growing number of titans from the technology and games industry have announced their intention to compete with xCloud, or are rumored to be doing so soon. That includes Internet giant Google, which announced its Stadia broadcast service in March, after a high-profile partnership with Ubisoft, creator of the popular Assassin’s Creed adventure series.
The game maker Electronic Arts announced its intention to offer a game transmission service last year, and it is rumored that Amazon will also prepare its own participant.
On behalf of Microsoft, the company has already partnered with another giant in the gaming industry, Sony, which announces an intention to work together in the transmission of games, among other things.
Microsoft also said that more than 1,900 games are being developed for Xbox One, all of which could run on its xCloud service as well. “The developers who create those games continue to work normally, building with the tools they have, while doing the work to make their games accessible to as many players as possible,” the company said.
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