Project xCloud, the online game streaming service from Microsoft is about to arrive in Europe, hitting 11 new countries.
Due to arrive in Android customers in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Sweden, the project xCloud platform gets a huge expansion across the western world as of today. Announced in social media posts, the Xbox expansion means that android phone owners can sign up to participate in a preview of the xCloud experience and stream top tier PC games onto their phone.
A more detailed Xbox blog describes the reason for this timing
“It has been said too many times, but it’s true we are living in unprecedented times due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Here at Xbox, we look to our products to bring joy and connection at all times and particularly during these weeks and months when we’re asked to stay at home. We know we’re in this together and the support we can provide one another is of critical importance now more than ever.”
For anybody who hasn’t caught onto the Cloud hype or missed it during the torrent of Google Stadia news last year, the Xbox platform is a game streaming service. Originally announced back in 2018, it allows participants in this program to use computing power owned by Microsoft’s gaming arm to run and display games on their mobile or tablet device, all via the internet. Without the need for a big-budget home computer, players can run over 50 games during the trial period, including hit titles like Gears 5, Devil May Cry 5, and even MMORPGs like Black Desert Online.
If you are in Western Europe then you can keep an eye on when the xCloud trial hits your own country by watching the xCloud website and sign up for the trail now.