The two companies: Samsung and Microsoft are working together on a „premium cloud-based game streaming experience.”
Samsung announced more than the Galaxy S20 and the Galaxy Z Flip smartphones. They revealed that they are cooperating with Microsoft to make a cloud-based game streaming service. The Verge says it’s going to be Microsoft’s xCloud. They will reveal more details later this year, but for Samsung, it’s just the beginning in „working closely” with the Redmond-based company, who says it’s another step to bring „high-quality game streaming to players.”
„We’ve seen positive feedback from Project xCloud preview participants testing a range of Galaxy devices, and it will only get better as we continue to work closely with Samsung on refining the experience. It’s an exciting time to be working on Project xCloud, and we can’t wait to share more about our work with Samsung later this year,” Microsoft says.
We also learned that Forza Street, the Unreal Engine 4-using free-to-play game developed by Electric Square (the game first launched as Miami Street in May 2018 before the Forza branding in April 2018) will be coming to Android. So Microsoft is slowly getting over to the smartphones, and not just on Android but iOS. Project xCloud’s iOS testing started the other day, but with only one game (what a variety), it is Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
Microsoft talked about its Project xCloud plans last year, and they already said there that the Android OS is going to be supported, and the Xbox Series X, out this Holiday season, will also highly support the streaming service. Android testing started in October, and it has a long way to go yet. Thus, no wonder Phil Spencer, the head of Xbox, said it needs time. (He also said that Microsoft isn’t competing with Sony and Nintendo but Amazon and Google due to their cloud infrastructure).
So Samsung turned to Microsoft. They’re not alone.