I’m open to the idea of streaming games. I used the service OnLive way back in 2010 pretty frequently. As more companies get into the streaming game, there’s one thing they all need that OnLive had, ACCESS!
Xcloud so far will support mobile devices, but I hope MS makes swift moves to support just about every connected device, Smart TV’s and browsers very much included.
I think once that broad range of devices is supported, then adoption for games streaming will be significant.
I definitely agree! iOS and Apple‘s restrictive guidelines to streaming content are the much bigger hurdle for me at the moment though. I have had my Android smartphone for more than two years now, xCloud Preview works fine on it. But boy, if I could take my iPad home for holidays, I knew where I‘d be gaming on the go! Apple still has this walled garden mentality unfortunately, I hope they’ll work something out with Microsoft beyond that US-only Halo MCC test balloon which they are having now. I‘m not sure they‘ll announce something soon enough so that I could safely buy an iPhone. I‘ve tried using my former Android Lenovo YogaBook for xCloud - and it crashed multiple times, unfortunately. Website says it‘s supported but the tablet just seems to be too old.
I think MS wants to avoid the mistakes made with Stadia. They don’t want to promote xCloud as a replacement for traditional gaming. Because it isn’t. A 720p stream with minimal latency works great on a phone, but not so much on a 65" screen.
I could see them pushing Smart TV and streaming box apps forward in 2021, when they transition their xCloud datacenter to Series X hardware. I could see this allowing for lower latency and higher quality (1080p+) streams, at which point it would make sense for them to bring the app to Smart TVs, and even last-gen Xbox One consoles.
I agree, but it likely has to do with processing power too. As far as I know, TCL TVs don’t have Bluetooth to communicate with controllers and I doubt we’ll see that happen anytime soon. I could see it coming to LG and Sony TVs (via the android tv store)
I would think, if anything we will see this integrated into the Xbox App, previously the Xbox Game Pass Beta. Supporting multiple browsers could be a bit of a logistical nightmare and likely is made simpler by giving you a single place to go to either download or stream an Xbox game.
As for the Smart TV point, I think whatever Lockhart (Xbox Series S) turns out to be, might be the answer to this question. If that box is as cheap as people think it is, it is likely designed to fill this niche if you just want to stream games and maybe have a small number installed.