Here’s how you can sign up for the Project xCloud public beta
Microsoft has announced an upcoming public beta for Project xCloud, and those interested in taking part can sign up to gain access right now.
The trial is set to take place in October and will provide participants with a chance to test a strict selection of titles across Android phones and tablets. It’s clear Microsoft is testing the waters before rolling things out to a wider audience.
How to sign up for Project xCloud beta
If this sounds interesting and you fancy standing a chance to try things out, you can sign up right here. Be warned, only a “small selection” of users will be selected, so act fast. Fingers crossed it will take place across a large number of Android devices, too.
It’s not quite as simple as inputting your email address, though. The trial will require players to have the following things present and accounted for:
Compatible mobile device with Android 6.0/Bluetooth 4.0 or higher
Xbox One Wireless Controller with Bluetooth
10MB/s download speed minimum
Xbox Game Streaming App (Preview)
If you’re one of the lucky ones, Microsoft will email you directly with specific steps on how to access the beta and its select library of games. Speaking of, throughout the trial period players can enjoy Gears 5, Halo 5: Guardians and Sea of Thieves. More will be added overtime, and we’ll be sure to update the selection as we learn more.
Project xCloud is essentially Microsoft’s answer to Google Stadia and GeForce Now, acting as a cloud companion to its existing and upcoming console hardware. Once fully released, it should be accessible from consoles, mobile devices and personal computers. Fingers crossed it all works swimmingly.
Known as Project Scarlett, little is known about Microsoft’s next-generation console beyond the fact it will support features such as 8k resolutions, ray tracing and full-backwards compatibility with physical and digital games. It sounds really exciting, and we’re super keen to hear more.
‘Since announcing Project xCloud just under a year ago, we’ve been on a journey to create, develop, and prepare the technology for gamers. A big step for us was opening up the program to Microsoft employees – since then I’ve enjoyed seeing people’s excitement and hearing the stories of how they play,‘ says Microsoft’s Kareem Choudhry. ‘At home, I’ve been using Project xCloud to play Sea of Thieves with my kids while they’re playing on the console and PC. Around the office, I’ve seen our team having an amazing time playing Halo 5: Guardians tournaments and Gears 5 campaign on nothing more than a phone or tablet. We saw the same joy of gaming as we shared the experience with fans at E3 and Gamescom, and now we’re ready for what’s next.
‘Today we’re inviting the community to take the next step with us and join the Project xCloud (Preview), coming this October to the United States, United Kingdom and Korea. Public preview is a critical phase in our multi-year ambition to deliver game streaming globally at the scale and quality of experience that the gaming community deserves and expects. It’s time to put Project xCloud to the test in a broader capacity, with a range of gamers, devices, network environments and real-world use-case scenarios, and this is where you come in. At Xbox, we’ve made it a priority to engage with all of you to help in the creation process. We now want you to play with us and share your feedback on Project xCloud so we can iterate and improve, week after week. Join us, have fun playing, share your stories and feedback, and be part of the journey.‘