Microsoft Xcloud review: Is this the future of gaming?
While still in its beta phase, Microsoft Xcloud provides players with an old experience on a new platform.
Around two months ago, I looked through the daily gaming news. One article that caught my attention was that Microsoft was close to launching its new program, Xcloud. One of the main purposes of this program is to compete with Google, who launched Stadia last November. Xcloud is a similar program that allows users to play console games without being in front of their Xbox.
The player plays on a remote server to not hold back by lag or their phone operating systems. However, it is essential to keep in mind that this program is still in beta, and while it does have basic functionality, it still has a long way to go before it becomes the norm.
One important thing to keep in mind is that you have to pay $14.99 plus tax to participate in this program. You will also need an Android device because, as we all know, Apple does not seem to like video games.
I have an old Samsung Galaxy s7 edge with the screen cracked, but it still did the trick. The reason I kept the S7 edge is because a lot of good games are not on iPhone. The phone completed the task at hand, and I have to say, it was pretty cool.
The game ran pretty smoothly. It was difficult to see at first, but after turning my brightness up, I could see it clearly. The game experienced lag at times. However, as I said before, this is the beta of this program. Which means it still has a long way to go technically and creatively.
How to play Microsoft Xcloud without an iPhone.
The selection of games available is limited to Microsoft games and some other games available through game pass. If you are dying to play Halo on your phone with a connected controller, may I suggest purchasing the Samsung Galaxy A20. A budget android that can easily handle Xcloud will be an excellent asset to use in this program’s future development.
Overall, I would give Xcloud 2-3 years before it becomes widely available and as good as Microsoft intends for it to be; until then, I will be providing updates about this every step.
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