In a weblog put up at this time, Microsoft mentioned it’s going to ship out a brand new wave of xCloud preview invitations to players within the US, UK and South Korea. Beginning subsequent 12 months, it additionally plans to increase the preview to Canada, India, Japan and Western Europe. Should you dwell in a kind of international locations, you possibly can join the preview right here and hope you get chosen.

For now, the xCloud preview is just obtainable for Android telephones and tablets, however Microsoft says subsequent 12 months it’s going to even be headed to Home windows PCs and different gadgets. I am certain Roku homeowners could be happy, however it’d be much more intriguing if Microsoft might ultimately deliver the xCloud preview to good TVs and Apple gadgets.

Whereas testers want to make use of Xbox controllers with the service now, Microsoft additionally says it’s going to work with different bluetooth controllers subsequent 12 months, together with Sony’s Twin Shock four and Razer’s entries. Sure, you may quickly dwell in a world the place you possibly can play Halo with a PlayStation branded gamepad. Amongst different tidbits, the xCloud preview will even let players stream titles they already personal subsequent 12 months, as effectively these made obtainable by Xbox GamePass for subscribers.

We have been impressed by Venture xCloud’s efficiency on an Android telephone again at CES, however that was additionally on an Ethernet-connected system. It’s going to be extra helpful to see how effectively it really works in a typical dwelling atmosphere over Wi-Fi (you may want a 5GHz community to make use of it). Individually, Microsoft began testing Xbox-to-Android streaming final month, which serves up video games from your property console remotely. Whereas that is primarily a catch-up characteristic with PlayStation Distant Play, it is a vital one for Microsoft to stay aggressive. It is nonetheless unclear how players will take to streaming providers, however as cell and broadband speeds enhance, I would wager many would admire the power to play their very own console from wherever.