As for the current status of Microsoft
's Project xCloud
game streaming service, the company notes that employees have been testing an alpha version for a little while now. With the tech capable of playing all Xbox One
games (and it's backwards compatible Xbox 360
library) across multiple devices and platforms - Microsoft is also keenly aware that it can use the technology to assist developers.
As per a new post
, both Capcom and Paradox Interactive are able to currently test their games on Project xCloud across the current 13 Azure regions that have the tech installed. Microsoft notes that its goal, in addition to providing the service in all Azure regions throughout the world, is to make it seamless for developers. As stated by Kareem Choudhry, Corporate Vice President – Gaming Cloud, Microsoft.
Today you can play three generations of amazing games on Xbox One. That means that Project xCloud has the technical capability to stream more than 3,500 games, without any changes or modifications required by a developer. In other words, developers will be able to dramatically scale their existing games across devices, with no additional development, no additional code base maintenance and no separate updates. When a developer updates the Xbox One version of their title, those updates will also apply to all versions available on Project xCloud without any additional work.
Which includes a recent update to the Xbox Developer Kit (XDK) that added support for streaming. With Australia being an Azure region it's expected that Project xCloud will make its way here sometime later this year or next.