Microsoft will begin a public test of Project xCloud, its Xbox game streaming service, in selected countries next month.

The technology, first announced a year ago, allows for the streaming of Xbox games to other devices such as mobile phones and tablets. It means you can be playing Sea of Thieves on your smartphone on the bus while others play elsewhere on PC/Xbox One.

Make sure you have the following:

  • Compatible mobile device: Android version 6.0 or greater, Bluetooth version 4.0+ (Mobile or Tablets)
  • Compatible Xbox Wireless Controller with Bluetooth.
  • 5GHz Wi-Fi or mobile data connection 10Mbps down
  • Xbox Game Streaming App (Preview) (More information below)
Project xCloud Preview is only available in current regions:

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • South Korea
How do i sign up:
Project xCloud (Preview) is by invite only, But with limited spots

  • First register your interest on xbox xCloud website here (Registering does not guarantee you entrance in the Preview)
  • If you are chosen to begin the technical preview, Microsoft will send you an acceptance email with next steps. The first round of the technical preview starts October 2019. Microsoft is only accepting a limited number of participants in the initial test, but will admit new players throughout the year.
  • Once you get accepted, install the app to your Android device, then go to the Project xCloud section of the app and log in with the account you used to register for the preview.
  • Follow the steps in the app to pair your Xbox Wireless Controller with Bluetooth and Android device. Optionally, you can choose to clip the controller to your phone.
  • Select any game in the cloud library and start playing on your Android device. Provide feedback in the app to shape the future of game streaming.
First up on the program will be Halo 5: Guardians, Gears 5, Killer Instinct and Sea of Thieves, with more set to join the preview over time. Obviously, access to these games will be free within the program but you will lose Access to games in the Project xCloud (Preview) once Preview has ended.

Please Note:
During the preview, Microsoft will be starting small with a very limited number of spots available in first phase and slowly increasing the number of accepted users throughout the year. Due to the large volume of applications, not all players can be accepted into the preview. You may not receive an invitation for many months (or at all) during Project xCloud (Preview).