Halo on Galaxy S10? Microsoft takes on Stadia with its own xCloud game streaming service

Halo on Galaxy S10? Microsoft takes on Stadia with its own xCloud game streaming service
Google detailed its vision for the future of gaming last week, when it confirmed that its new game streaming service Stadia will be launched in November. A Founder's Edition pack went for pre-order immediately for $130, including a 3-month subscription, an exclusive controller, and a Buddy Pass to take someone along for the initiation ride. After that period, the price will be ten bucks a month for streams at up to 4K resolution at 60fps. 

The added value of the Stadia service compared to the ubiquitous consoles is that you can play anywhere, from your Pixel 3 to your high-def TV and Google claims it has solved the latency problem that many such initiatives have faced. However, those console things that live in the past according to Google, come with one big advantage before Stadia - thousands of game titles, some exclusive for their platforms, against Stadia's thirty or so titles at launch.

As for the streaming aspect? Well, Microsoft just detailed its xCloud game streaming service on the hush-hush during its future of Xbox event yesterday. It even had an xCloud demo set up, and participants were able to play Halo, Hellblade and other staple titles on... the Samsung Galaxy S10+ with an Xbox One controller at that.

While there were glitches due to some device poisoning the Wi-fi frequency and Microsoft had to reroute the connection, the games apparently played smooth and latency didn't get in the way. 

Mum's the word on iOS support for xCloud when it lands in October, but Google's Stadia may have a hard time getting ahead if the Xbox and PlayStation franchises reorient towards cross-platform streaming as well.

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Galaxy S10+
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4100 mAh



1. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

What would be the chance of xcloud to iOS when apple already polishing the release of Apple Arcade which is better in every deals. No in app purchases, can play offline and no annoying ads are the best reasons to subscribe Arcade. Also, with the recent announcement of xbox support and playstation controller to iOS are geared to Appleā€™s Arcade success.

2. mclaren113

Posts: 53; Member since: Dec 12, 2017

Can you play halo or gears of war in apple arcade?

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4219; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

We're talking about real games. No Apple Arcades latest Candy crush game or flappy Bird games.

4. cheetah2k

Posts: 2256; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

LOL! comparing Apple's Arcade to Microsoft xCloud is like a thumb spinner v Rocket launcher.. Apple's crap is just crap - anyone who plays serious games wont be using anything Apple..

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