I got to try Microsoft's version of the 'Netflix of gaming,' and I'm still not convinced it's the future of video games - here's why
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- Microsoft is working on a major new gaming service that intends to do for gaming what Netflix did for movies: Project xCloud is a new streaming service for gaming.
- Like Netflix, xCloud intends to deliver games via stream over the internet. No downloads, and no discs - just games streamed directly to your device of choice, wherever you are.
- During a major gaming trade show in June, Microsoft's Xbox division gave press a chance to try the new service. Here's what we thought.
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For most people, listening to music or watching a movie nowadays involves a streaming service of some type.
Not so with video games.
Whether you're playing "Fortnite" on an iPhone or "Call of Duty" on a PlayStation 4, the game is being powered by the device you're playing it on. But the race is on to build the so-called "Netflix of gaming," and Microsoft's Project xCloud is a prime contender.
I got to try the new service, which is scheduled for a public rollout later this year, at an Xbox event in Los Angeles in mid-June.