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Project xCloud game streaming coming to PC in 2020, adding DualShock 4 support

Microsoft’s game streaming platform, Project xCloud, is coming to Windows 10 PC in 2020, the company announced Thursday at X019 in London. The addition of a new platform is part of a major expansion for Project xCloud, which launched publicly in preview form — for Android devices only in the U.S., U.K., and Korea — earlier this year.

The first part of the expanded public test is the addition of more than 50 titles to the Project xCloud preview. The list of new games includes first-party games such as Crackdown 3, Halo Wars 2, Ori and the Blind Forest, and State of Decay 2, as well as third-party games Devil May Cry 5, Tekken 7, Madden NFL 20, Hitman, Ark: Survival Evolved, and Borderlands: The Handsome Collection.

Project xCloud players will be able to stream those Xbox One games to Windows PC next year, and Microsoft says it’s “collaborating with a broad set of partners to make game streaming available on other devices as well.”

Microsoft will also expand the input devices compatible with Project xCloud, naming Razer’s Junglecat — the dual-sided controller that makes a mobile phone look like a Nintendo Switch — and Sony’s DualShock 4 as upcoming compatible gamepads.

The game streaming platform will also expand geographically. Microsoft said it plans to roll out Project xCloud to Canada, India, Japan, and Western Europe in 2020.

Finally, Microsoft said Project xCloud will support Xbox Game Pass for titles that appear on the company’s game subscription service.

Project xCloud was officially announced in 2018. The platform aims to bring game streaming to a variety of platforms via the cloud and eventually let users stream games from their own Xbox consoles to mobile phones, PCs, and other devices.

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