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    Microsoft xCloud goes live in 22 countries with 150+ games

    Service brings streaming Xbox games to Android mobiles but there is no iOS app yet.
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    Re: Microsoft xCloud goes live in 22 countries with 150+ games

    I gave the beta a try and found Forza Horizons 4 pretty playable (I did invest in a decent phone/xbox controller clip) - every so slight lag but fine for a driving sim and save carried over fine. Can't wait to try some more titles. Should be great for slower pace titles I enjoy. I've also found it good for trying a game before I wait overnight to download it (and find out I hate it).
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    Re: Microsoft xCloud goes live in 22 countries with 150+ games

    Doesn't seem to work yet for me. The app is still showing the beta which ended last month.

    I found the streaming to work better than expected but the input lag (probably about half a second) was too much to play seriously. You could have a relaxed drive in Forza Horizon 4 for example but you were at a major disadvantage if you were trying to complete challenges or actually race someone. FPS games was a no-go for me, even the campaign in Halo 5 was a bit of a struggle with the lag. I'd say it will be good for turn-based or more casual/relaxed games. It worked a treat for stuff like Civilisation and much better than I expected overall.
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    Re: Microsoft xCloud goes live in 22 countries with 150+ games

    I'd probably use it on PC via an Android emulator, just to try and eliminate the lag.
    Would that even work, do you think?
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    Re: Microsoft xCloud goes live in 22 countries with 150+ games

    Quote Originally Posted by Ttaskmaster View Post
    I'd probably use it on PC via an Android emulator, just to try and eliminate the lag.
    Would that even work, do you think?
    A lot of the games are available via game pass ultimate (which this is all part of) so if you had a PC I'd just install the game if its available? I'm also expecting a native PC app - The existing one can stream from a local xbox so I'd expecting it to be an option.
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    Re: Microsoft xCloud goes live in 22 countries with 150+ games

    I gave the BETA streaming service a good run with Ace Combat 7, Forza Horizon 4 and Gears of War 5 - all played pretty well and the lag was minimal on a Samsung S10 over decent WiFi. I did hit the odd blip where compression artefacts became quite severe for a time - with no apparent in-house reason (my wife wasn't streaming anything) - but this was quite rare.

    Looking forward to trying out a few more titles and seeing how the service evolves now it's out of Beta and next-gen games are not far away from launching.

    p.s. As per another comment - I can't yet see the live (non-Beta) game streaming options on my SmartPhone - maybe it goes live once the US are up and about!
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    Re: Microsoft xCloud goes live in 22 countries with 150+ games

    Quote Originally Posted by Zhaoman View Post
    Doesn't seem to work yet for me. The app is still showing the beta which ended last month.

    I found the streaming to work better than expected but the input lag (probably about half a second) was too much to play seriously. You could have a relaxed drive in Forza Horizon 4 for example but you were at a major disadvantage if you were trying to complete challenges or actually race someone. FPS games was a no-go for me, even the campaign in Halo 5 was a bit of a struggle with the lag. I'd say it will be good for turn-based or more casual/relaxed games. It worked a treat for stuff like Civilisation and much better than I expected overall.
    Half a second, what kind of connection were you on?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tabbykatze View Post
    Half a second, what kind of connection were you on?!?
    I played on both O2 4G in central London and a 40mbps fibre wifi at home. I was travelling a lot last year so gave it a spin a few times a week. Both connections could stream the image flawlessly but the input lag was bad enough to the extent that I couldn't realistically win any of the multiplayer events or challenges in Forza or land shots consistently in any FPS. However it was good enough for me to do most of the exploration achievements and stuff and ran well enough for me to actually play on it regularly. I didn't think it would be good enough for even that so I was generally very impressed.
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    I had a go last night. Obviously a little popular as I had issue getting a server. Played a round of golf with friends which was perfect - lined up some good shots! Also played two point hospital which worked great for a while but then got a lot of picture break up and eventually a server disconnection. It really has potential for the right game. A better connection at my end might help (only on a 35mb budget vodafone FTTC connection).
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