Microsoft is starting to open its xCloud game streaming beta to European countries. The software giant originally launched the xCloud preview in the United States, the United Kingdom and Korea in September, and it expands to Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany , Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden.
Anyone in these countries can now sign up for the Android version of xCloud, but Microsoft seems to be taking a cautious approach to knowing when people will actually have access due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “We know that gaming is an important way for people to stay connected, especially in these times of social distancing, but we also recognize how Internet bandwidth has been affected with pressure on regional networks because of the large volumes people stay at home and connect responsibly. ” explains Catherine Gluckstein, product manager for Project xCloud.
Microsoft is taking a “measured approach to helping maintain Internet access, starting to survey each market with a limited number of people and adding more participants over time.” If you are interested in subscribing to the xCloud preview, registration is now open for the 11 European countries on Microsoft’s xCloud site.
Microsoft still plans to launch xCloud more widely this year, but Gluckstein warned in an interview with The edge last year, “not all countries where we preview will launch” the xCloud service. Microsoft also recently started testing xCloud for iPhone and iPad devices, but the company says it had to restrict and limit testing to a single game “to comply with App Store policies.”