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Microsoft reveals cloud gaming service xCloud

To "deliver a quality experience for all gamers on all devices."

With their Azure service in place, it was only a matter of time before Microsoft unveiled its game streaming service, and now they have. Through the company's official website they've officially unveiled xCloud, which uses Azure servers around the globe to allow streaming of console games - including first-party titles - on any device.

In the blog post Microsoft claims that it will take no extra work for developers to support their product on xCloud, and that, while right now the service is being tested internally with an Xbox One controller hooked up via bluetooth, they do expect the final service to allow for touch controls on tablets and smartphones.

"Our goal with Project xCloud is to deliver a quality experience for all gamers on all devices that's consistent with the speed and high-fidelity gamers experience and expect on their PCs and consoles," the company says.

The service is expected to launch globally next year, and below you can see the team's mission statement in a new video. Is this a significant step forward for gaming?

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