Microsoft is helping game developers work from home by using Project xCloud

By Sean Carey,
Microsoft is helping developers work from home via a new Project xCloud-powered PC app that allows developers to connect remotely to devkits and test their Xbox games. Microsoft revealed the new xCloud app in a post over on its Game Stack website.

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Microsoft says it's developed the app due to the current pandemic forcing people to either self-isolate or work from home. According to the company, many developers are unable to access their Xbox development kits, and traditional Xbox remote access tools are designed to be used within an office, while for some, bringing home Xbox development kits isn't an option.

To help solve this, Microsoft has re-allocated some of its Project xCloud resources and has created a new PC app for developers that runs a "low-latency 60fps gaming experience". This allows developers to continue working on their games by remotely connecting to their Xbox Development Kits from their PCs. Microsoft says this also prevents devs from having to download daily builds of games to local hardware at home, which can sometimes take hours.

Several Xbox Game Studios are using the new app along with a few third-party developers. Eidos-Montréal, Infinity Ward, Ninja Theory, Playground Games, Rare, Turn 10 Studios, and Undead Labs are all developing their games remotely via the xCloud app.

Guillaume Le-Malet, Infrastructure Director at Eidos-Montréal, said, "xCloud will give the opportunity to dev teams and also internal and external QA teams to put their hands on our latest game builds from everywhere minutes after their release. By allowing the teams to connect remotely to their devkits and take advantage of the high bandwidth LAN network from our various office locations, xCloud will also add another layer of security as the content created will stay on our corporate network."

In other Project xCloud news, a report from The Verge's Tom Warren suggests that current xCloud server blades that run Xbox One S hardware will be upgraded with Xbox Series X hardware soon after the next-gen console launches.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey, I’m Sean! I joined both TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies as a staff writer in 2019. I’m a big fan of the Metal Gear Solid series and love a good narrative adventure. Most evenings you’ll find me failing to get a win in Call of Duty: Warzone.