Microsoft teased the service at E3 2018 and formally announced Project xCloud several months later, in October 2018. They demoed their progress in March 2019 with the racing game Forza Horizon 4 playing on an Android smartphone with Xbox One controller. Xbox head Phil Spencer field used a private server during this time to test games on a remote connection. The service entered its home testing phase in May 2019, when it could be used outside the lab environment. It is slated for public testing later in the year and an unveiling at E3 2019.
xCloud runs via Microsoft's 54 Azure cloud computing centers, which support 140 countries around the world. The service is designed to work with phones, either with touchscreen controls or Xbox controller over Bluetooth.
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