Microsoft will offer free xCloud mobile service

Microsoft Corp. said it will offer a new free service that will allow users to play video games on their smartphones from their Xbox consoles.

The service, which will be launched in early October, is the first phase of the company’s new xCloud game transmission strategy. The second phase will allow players who do not have access to a console to play video games through the Microsoft cloud (the company will store, run the games and deliver them to players through the internet) in exchange for a payment.

“It’s about the games you love, the games you already have, the friends you already have, wherever you are and on the device you have,” Matt Booty, vice president of gaming studies at Xbox, said in an interview at the E3 conference in Los Angeles. Booty declined to disclose the prices of the second phase of xCloud, but it will be competitive with what Google offers, whose streaming service, Stadia, will cost US $10 a month, and Ubisoft Entertainment SA, which gave to know a monthly service of US $15.

At a press conference prior to Sunday’s trade show, Microsoft delivered the first details of its next-generation console, codenamed Project Scarlett. The company said the device will be four times more powerful than the current Xbox One X, thanks to an Advanced Micro Devices Inc. processor that allows speeds of 120 frames per second. Booty declined to comment on the prices of the next console, which will go on sale in 2020, but said the company wants to create a premium product for players.

“Absolutely it will be the most powerful and immersive console on the market,” he said.

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