Project xCloud Preview Sign-Ups Open Now, Will Let Players Test Halo 5, Gears 5, More


Microsoft will finally let players test out their Project xCloud game streaming service next month. The xCloud public preview will kick off in the United States, UK, and Korea, and will give players an opportunity to test out Halo 5: Guardians, Gears 5, Sea of Thieves, and Killer Instinct. So, how exactly do you sign up? Microsoft has provided the following handy-dandy instructions:

  • If you’re in the US and UK, you can sign up to register today here. With a goal of learning and improving quickly, we’re taking a phased approach to our public preview, starting with a small number of participants to get initial feedback, then opening it up to more and more gamers. If you don’t receive an invite right away, there will be other opportunities; we’ll continue to open up more spots over time.
  • There are a few requirements to participate in the Project xCloud preview -- you’ll need a phone or tablet running Android 6.0 or higher with Bluetooth 4.0, a Microsoft account, a Bluetooth-enabled Xbox One Wireless Controller, and while not required, we recommend a phone mount for your controller. Project xCloud runs on Wi-Fi and mobile networks in your area.
  • You will be able to access content through our all-new Microsoft Game Streaming app, available in the coming weeks for Android devices. It’ll be available for all to download, but you’ll only be able to sign in once you’ve received an official invite into the preview.

While you’ll of course be able to play Project xCloud via Wi-Fi, you’ll also be able to play games via mobile networks. While all carriers will be supported, Microsoft has specifically partnered with T-Mobile in the US and Vodaphone in the UK.

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So, to confirm, the Project xCloud public preview is scheduled for sometime in October, although a specific launch date has yet to be set. Anybody out there interested in trying the service out?