Players in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden can now register for the cloud gaming service from Xbox. It is totally free while in the preview testing phase.
Project xCloud has been available in the UK, US, Canada and South Korea since the end of 2019. It essentially allows you to play almost 100 games streamed over the internet to an Android device, using an Xbox One controller. Xbox added iOS support earlier this year, but that is more restricted.
Xbox appreciates that during these troubled times expanding a streaming service could have some impact on bandwidth in different countries, but so far evidence points to plenty of extra network capacity being available and the company will carefully manage the number of participants to ensure that doesn8217;t change.
8220;We will take a measured approach to help conserve internet access, beginning the preview in each market with a limited number of people and adding more participants over time,8221; wrote the head of product for xCloud, Catherine Gluckstein, in a blog posting.
While free-to-play at present, the preview does require specific hardware to work. You will need a phone or tablet running Android 6.0 or greater and with Bluetooth 4.0 at least, a Microsoft account and a Bluetooth-enabled Xbox One Wireless Controller. Xbox also recommends you acquire a phone mount for the controller, unless you are playing using a tablet.