Project xCloud Is Finally Available In Australia And The First Impressions Are Positive

It took a while, but Xbox’s xCloud streaming service has hit Australia today in its preview phase. It’s only available to those that have Android devices *cries in iPhone* and so far, the first impressions are really positive. If you haven’t already registered, you can do so here.

As a reminder, this is streaming from the cloud (rather than a console) and at launch, there’s 25 games that you can play including heavy hitters such as Halo: Master Chief Collection and Forza Horizon 4.

Our very own Ewan Roxburgh said whilst playing Forza Horizon 4 “Wow, this is impressive. There’s definitely some noticeable input lag, but it’s still very playable”.

There was a bunch of excitement in our Xbox Facebook group with one user saying that “It’s working so damn well. Hellblade is smooth as on my GalaxyS20+”.

Another said: “Just got my invite to game streaming. Pretty good so far. Seamlessly picking up from my MCC save that I was playing on my Series X last night.”

On Twitter, Aussie journos and gamers were eagerly testing the first cloud gaming service to hit Australia with fairly positive results.

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Obviously, performance is going to differ based on your connection type, but so far, it seems positive. I had completely forgotten about the fact that you’d be able to continue your game thanks to Xbox’s great cloud save implementation. That’s a complete gamechanger.

It’ll be interesting to watch xCloud grow over time, and see how it changes and improves over the preview phase and beyond.