Samsung launched its new Galaxy S20 and Galaxy Z Flip smartphones yesterday, but at the same time the company has expanded its Microsoft partnership. Samsung and Microsoft are working together on a cloud-based game streaming service. XCloud is likely to appear on Samsung devices in the future.
“This is just the beginning of our gaming partnership with Xbox,” said David S. Park, head of Samsung’s US marketing, while he is the Microsoft Forza Street game for Galaxy devices. “Both Samsung and Xbox share a vision for providing great gaming experiences to mobile players around the world. With our 5G-compatible portfolios and Microsoft’s rich gaming history, we work closely together to create a premium cloud-based gaming streaming experience. You will hear more about it later this year. “
Microsoft confirmed the partnership in a statement The edge, but both companies have offered very few details about what this will mean for the future. “It is of the utmost importance that partners accompany us on our journey to deliver high-quality gaming to players,” said Kareem Choudhry, Head of Project xCloud at Microsoft, in a statement to The edge. “We’ve seen positive feedback from Project xCloud preview participants testing different Galaxy devices, and it only gets better if we continue to work closely with Samsung to refine the experience. It’s an exciting time to join Project xCloud and we can’t wait to share more about our work with Samsung later this year. “
Clearly, this is somehow related to xCloud, rather than the type of collaboration that Sony has entered into with Microsoft for fundamental access to the company’s Azure cloud-based architecture. Microsoft and Samsung worked together last year to bring Android and Windows closer together through closer integration of apps such as OneDrive and your phone into Samsung devices. Microsoft and Samsung designers also work in the same rooms in part of this project, because both companies benefit from better software integration.
At the moment, we only have a promise for more details later this year, and then we expect Microsoft to fully launch its xCloud game streaming service. Microsoft has promised an xCloud launch in 2020, complete with support for PC streaming and PS4 controller. XCloud is currently in open beta and Microsoft has regularly improved the number of games available in the service to more than 50 because it appears to go beyond the US, UK and Korea.