Microsoft Project xCloud Public Preview Begins in Select Regions, New Message Filtration Feature to Roll Out in Xbox Live

Microsoft Project xCloud Public Preview Begins in Select Regions, New Message Filtration Feature to Roll Out in Xbox Live

Microsoft is offering public preview to US, UK and Korea users

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Users will need phone running on Android 6.0 and above
  • Project xCloud requires Bluetooth 4.0, a Microsoft account
  • Filtration feature will allow users to block toxic mesages

Microsoft has announced a Project xCloud public preview for Xbox users in US, UK, and South Korea. The company is looking to test the service with a broader audience, in different networks and regions, and is inviting people to test out the beta in these regions only. Separately, Microsoft has also introduced new Message Safety Settings in Xbox Live to evade toxic and trolling online. It will roll out text-based filters for messages on Xbox Live, and offensive messages will appear with a warning over them.

Talking about Projec xCloud public preview, the game streaming service is currently offering select games like Gears 5, Halo 5: Guardians, Killer Instinct, and Sea of Thieves in the beta phase. Required technicalities include a Microsoft account, an Android phone or tablet running Android 6.0 or above, Bluetooth 4.0 support, and a Bluetooth-enabled Xbox One controller.

“Public preview is a critical phase in our multi-year ambition to deliver game streaming globally at the scale and quality of experience that the gaming community deserves and expects. It’s time to put Project xCloud to the test in a broader capacity, with a range of gamers, devices, network environments and real-world use-case scenarios, and this is where you come in,” says Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft’s cloud gaming chief in a blog post.

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