It is almost ironic that Microsoft’s own game streaming platform, formerly known as Project xCloud, is not yet compatible with its own Windows operating system, limiting its presence to Xbox consoles themselves and remote access from smartphones for the moment. .
Microsoft has been relatively quiet about its expansion plans for Project xCloud beyond Android phones, but if it can work well enough from a phone, it should be able to work just as well from a computer. And it should be borne in mind that the main objective of this service is none other than be able to enjoy Xbox games without depending on hardware.
In fact, it seems correct to speak of this exclusivity in the past tense, since previously we saw how Phil Spencer himself was discovered playing an application called “Xbox Game Streaming (Test App)” from a computer, which ended up leading to an even bigger leak of this desktop version of the game streaming service.
So this time we go from static images to video, with a first real sample of how this application works, filtered and shared by Windows Central, who were able to access and test a leaked version of this software.
One thing worth noting is that Zac Bowden from the site was using a Surface Pro X, a detachable 2-in-1 that runs on Microsoft’s SQ1 custom ARM chip which, in turn, is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx. Something that could imply that, when xCloud is officially implemented in Windows 10, it could increase its availability to other devices with Windows 10 in ARM, thus adding the devices of other companies such as HP, ASUS, Lenovo, and even Apple.
Microsoft expands its fronts against Apple
It is still curious that this possible compatibility with ARM processors comes just a few hours after knowing Apple Silicon’s first approach to video games, and the news that its new computers with Apple M1 chips will have native support for World of Warcraft, to which other important titles of the company such as Overwatch, Diablo, and even other Activision franchises such as Call of Duty could be added.
Although in this sense everything indicates that Microsoft would have some advantage, since these chips presented by Apple do not seem to have a particularly remarkable orientation for games.
However, the movement here focuses on the expansion of its Project xCloud game streaming system, which could make up for this small lack of equipment, and which would undoubtedly flaunt itself as a notably more attractive alternative to Apple Arcade, at least to catalog level.