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Quick Review:Two Hours with Project xCloud : Microsoft's New Streaming Service

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A NEW CHALLENGER APPROACHES

Yes, Microsoft has joined the fight with bringing their library to Android devices and allowing you to stream to your device of choice. For my time with Project xCloud, I was using a Samsung S8 and a PS4 controller connected through bluetooth. During my playtime, I tried both Bloodstained and DMC 5.

 

LOAD TIMES

Actually, these weren't awful considering it was being streamed through a wifi connection on a phone. Nothing to write home about, but nothing atrocious.

 

GRAPHICS AND FRAMERATES

Also, pleasantly surprised here as well. The games hold up incredibly well despite being viewed through such a small screen. Framerate was iffy at times due to it being a stream but not unplayable.

 

CONTROLS

Up until this point, you probably thought, "wow, a lot of thought doesn't sound awful", and you would be correct, until we get down to the main issue everybody probably saw coming, input lag. Navigating menus was a nightmare and while in game, it wasn't unplayable, there was certainly an impedence on my play. Jumps were delayed, combo attacks broken, and missed inputs make it hard to really make it a contender against handhelds or just playing on a console or PC.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

While a somewhat pleasant experience, the amount of input lag from a controller makes it hard to really recommend people to try and play games this way. That being said, maybe it is just because I was using a ps4 controller instead of an Xbox One as directed, however, I don't really believe that was the issue. A neat parlour trick at best, but with some work, it could be something more viable in the future for gamers as a way to play.

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