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Microsoft announces huge cloud gaming initiative Project xCloud so people can ‘play Halo anywhere’

Microsoft announces huge cloud gaming initiative Project xCloud so people can 'play Halo anywhere'

The cloud: it’s coming

Xbox boss Phil Spencer makes a very quick pitch at the start of this Project xCloud video: “what would we have to do to allow everyone to play Halo.” The answer is simple: “build a cloud gaming service.”

It’s been done before, and failed. Some say services like OnLive were too early to market. Some way they were mismanaged. Microsoft, along with publishers like Ubisoft and industry giants like Google, seem ready to take on the challenge. This time the scope is huge, as is the budget. Microsoft notes that Azure supports 54 regions in 140 countries, and goes on to break down the data center infrastructure involved in this initiative, which includes new technology and 5G.

Microsoft also showcases Forza on an Android phone, noting that the demo is “real live gaming,” and not a test or a simulated video.

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