Project xCloud preview starts in October, signups open now

You can lock in your position in the beta today.


It's finally time. Microsoft confirmed today that its game-streaming service, Project xCloud, would finally be available for a public previewing October.

If you're interested in trying it out and you live in the United States, United Kingdom, or South Korea, you can go ahead and sign up to see if you're lucky enough to be chosen to try Project xCloud before anyone else.

As a refresher, in case you're not as up on all the game-streaming news as the rest of us may be, Project xCloud is Microsoft's Google Stadia-like bid for players to be able to stream AAA titles and other graphically-intensive titles on their mobile devices on the go.

This particular beta will let Microsoft stream games from their Xbox consoles to their mobile devices, which is a bit different than what the company initially promised during its E3 2019 presentation. It looks like this preview is more for streaming your own games on the go, but the Stadia-like competitive service using Microsoft's service could come at a later date.

For right now, the preview is only available for Android users as well, so if you have an iOS device, you'll have to wait a while. For now, you'll need a phone or tablet with a Bluetooth-enabled Xbox One gamepad to play with. You'll get to play one of four games during the preview: Halo 5: Guardians, Gears 5, Killer Instinct, and Sea of Thieves. So if you were excited to try any game in your collection, that's not going to happen for a while.

If that still sounds worth it to you, you can go ahead and sign up to be considered for the preview right now via the official preview website. Invites will be sent out in waves, so signing up doesn't guarantee you a spot. 

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