By Mark Prigg For Dailymail.com In Redmond
Published: 22:58 GMT, 28 February 2019 | Updated: 22:58 GMT, 28 February 2019
Microsoft has revealed the first details of a radical new streaming service that doesn’t require players to buy a console.
Called xCloud, it streams games from specially built Xbox One consoles housed in Microsoft’s server farms around the world.
Users can stream games to their phone, tablet or TV, allowing them to play the games anywhere in the world.
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Microsoft has revealed the first details of a radical new streaming service that doesn’t require players to buy a console. Microsoft has not revealed any details of the pricing for the service, but is expected to offer it as a monthly subscription
Users will connect over the internet to their own dedicated Xbox console located in Microsoft’s giant server farms around the globe.
Using a mobile phone, tablet or other device, the live video will be streamed to their device. Using either on screen controls or a joypad, users will play in exactly the same way as if they were using a console.
The key to the service, Microsoft admits, is getting speeds fast enough that the user doesn’t notice a lag between moving the controller and the game changing.
Microsoft has developed special Xbox server, each containing eight consoles, to test the service, and already has them up and running in a data center in Quincy, near its Redmond HQ.
Microsoft’s Xbox boss Phil Spencer told Dailymail.com he hopes the new service will boost the amount of time spent playing games.
‘This is not a replacement for consoles,’ he said.
‘When I’m at home,