News hardware xCloud: Microsoft is testing 1080p for its streaming game service
Microsoft’s cloud gaming platform could soon offer 1080p in addition to the already topical 720p: indeed, some users already have access to Full HD streaming, in the form of a test.
xCloud is Microsoft’s streaming video game solution, associated with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. It allows you to enjoy the catalog offered by the publisher from an Android smartphone, via cloud gaming technology. In the immediate future, this experience is offered in 720p, which is generally satisfactory for playing on mobile. But Microsoft announced last December that Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and therefore xCloud, would be available in spring 2021 on iOS devices (iPhone and iPad) as well as on PC. From this perspective, 720p may no longer suffice.
But the situation could quickly change: indeed, the site Windows Central reports that Microsoft offers some xCloud users the ability to play some games in 1080p. The site was notably able to get its hands on a streamed version of the Hellblade game running, indeed, in Full HD.
Otherwise, a test version of the xCloud application for PC supports streaming from an Xbox console, again in 1080p, a pleasant experience there too, according to our colleagues. Microsoft therefore seems to be following its roadmap for 2021: it also includes switching the xCloud servers from the Xbox One S to the Xbox Series X to improve performance. However, it should not be forgotten that these are, for the time being, tests offered to a small number of users: the Redmond firm has not yet given any dates regarding a larger scale deployment of 1080p on xCloud or the availability of the service on other platforms. Journalist Paul Thurrott, well-known for being the source of much Microsoft-related information, thinks I know that the company could hold an online event dedicated to gaming on March 23. Case to follow!
By akazan, Writing jeuxvideo.com