Last week, Google announced a lot of new details stadiums, its upcoming game streaming service for mobile devices and TVs that do not require the purchase of traditional console. Today, as part of the E3 2019 press event, Microsoft announced that it was eventually allowed the public to review a demo of its upcoming streaming service, Project xCloud at E3, adding that a full preview in October, one month before the launch of Google's official Stages will begin in November.
In addition to more details on xCloud, Microsoft has also spotted its next generation home console Project Scarlett.
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Project xCloud previews in October, with demos this week at E3
Microsoft announced its plans to launch a game streaming service one year ago at its E3 2018 press event, offering more details for its service, Project xCloud, in October 2018. People who hope to learn much more about Project xCloud was probably disappointed, especially after all the details Google released last week about Stadia.
Microsoft said that people coming to the E3 exhibition in Los Angeles this week can demo the Project xCloud live. This will be the first time that the general public will be able to investigate the service, and Microsoft's press release added that the Project xCloud games would include Halo 5: Guardians and Hellblade: Senua's Offer streaming on smartphones and tablets.
Microsoft also announced it will launch a full preview of Project xCloud in October. Users will have access to one of Microsoft's own cloud servers with a mobile device to try it out. Also, everyone with an Xbox One console can turn it into their own custom xCloud game genre. They will be able to stream their library of purchased games, along with any game available on the Xbox Game Pass, after a mobile device at home.
Microsoft has still not revealed details such as pricing or device support for Project Cloud. Hopefully we will learn more before the public preview starts in October.
Microsoft's "Project Scarlett" next-gen Xbox console sounds like an animal
Microsoft has also shown some small details about Sunday's next-generation Xbox console, which currently has the code name "Project Scarlett". The company has shown a few brief reviews of the hardware in the console in its promotional video, cut off with Microsoft Xbox team members talking about the specifications. It mentioned that it would have a personal AMD processor that would use the latest Zen 2 and Radeon RDNA architecture. It will use a high bandwidth GDDR6 memory and a next fixed station drive that can also be used for virtual memory.
Project Scarlett also supports graphics features such as hardware accelerated raytracing, 8K resolution and frame rates for games that can increase to 120fps. The console should be released somewhere in "holiday 2020". It also confirmed that the latest game in the sci-fi shooter, Halo Infinite, will be a Scarlett launch title project. Microsoft said the console is key to its cloud plans, which probably means Project xCloud can be used on Project Scarlett.