Microsoft has been long testing its xCloud game streaming service on Android and for a short period on iOS platforms. However, inexplicably, xCloud development and testing were missing from what seemed to be the no-brainer platform, Windows 10.
Fortunately, it seems that the Windows 10 testing bed omission for xCloud is being rectified and one lucky journalist has gotten his hands on some version of the service hopefully destined for Windows 10.
A collaborative project from the Windows Central journalists Zac Bowden and Jez Corden surfaced today where Corden explains a walkthrough of a video playthrough by Zac of xCloud running on a Windows PC.
On a 200MB standard internet provider in the EU, Bowden was able to test how responsive an experience xCloud can be streamed to a PC, and the results seem pretty positive.
The controls were responsive and felt near-native, with very little artifacting in the video feed.
Perhaps, even more, impressive is that it’s reported that Bowden did his xCloud playthrough on his Surface Pro X, indicating that whatever unreleased version of xCloud for Windows PC he is using is at least ARM64 supportive at the moment.
Microsoft had previously mentioned support for ARM64 with its xCloud service and today’s news seems to strengthen Microsoft’s resolve to make Windows on ARM as viable as possible to more niche audiences. Coupled with Adobe’s Photoshop ARM64 beta app and now this xCloud leak, the Surface Pro X and Pro X are becoming better values for early Windows 10 on ARM adopters.