Microsoft is gearing up to let the public test a new cloud-based streaming service that lets users play Xbox games on PCs, consoles and mobile devices, the company said in a blog post. With the announcement, Microsoft is joining Google, Nvidia and Sony, which have already launched similar services.
Game streaming is a new battleground for large companies and a way for them to show off the fruits of research in areas like video encoding and graphics processing. Their interest makes sense because game streaming promises to make video gaming accessible to a wider range of users, potentially driving lots of cloud revenue in the process. But it remains to be seen how many consumers will flock to the services, and how much Google and Microsoft will charge for their offerings.