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Project xCloud Coming to Canada

Last week Microsoft opened the beta of Game Streaming to Canadian Xbox One owners who are part of the Xbox Inside program. The app – currently available only on Android phones – allows gamers to stream games from their home console to their phone or tablet and play with a connected Bluetooth controller. I experimented around with it, using both Call of Duty Modern Warfare and NHL 20 as my test games, and it works very well.
The experience on WiFi was flawless, though I did feel a bit at a disadvantage in Call of Duty multiplayer due to the small screen. Leaving the house and trying it while downtown was a bit more what I’d expected – NHL 20 felt fine, but Call of Duty gained a ‘heaviness’ to the controls thanks to latency that I wouldn’t want to deal with on a day to day basis.

Visual quality and controls appeared identical in NHL 20 on WiFi or LTE.

Today they’ve announced the next step in the process is opening up Project xCloud to Canadians as well, with registrations now open here.  The program will hit our shores on January 29, with it already available in the US, UK, and Korea.
Project xCloud offers streaming of games from Microsoft’s servers to your phone instead, and the beta currently supports over 60 games – all of which can be played during the beta without owning them. They have added more games recently as well, including Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and Destiny 2 – which seems like a shot at Google’s Stadia streaming platform, as Google gave the game away free on that platform.
After trying out the home streaming option, I’m very interested in seeing how it feels to play games over xCloud instead. The added latency might be a dealbreaker for twitch-response games like Killer Instinct, but I’d be willing to bet a tactical RPG like Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden would play just fine.
If you’re member of the Xbox Insider program and have an Android tablet or phone, be sure to try out Game Streaming and register for the Project xCloud beta. If nothing else, it’s a chance to try a slew of new games without having to buy or download them – though you’ll need pretty good internet for it to be a good experience.