Project xCloud is a game streaming service by Microsoft that will launch on 15th September only on Android devices. Project xCloud will be a part of the Xbox Ultimate Game Pass subscription, priced at $14.99 per month, it is promised that more than 100 games will be available on Android phones and tablets. The streaming service is currently said to be limited only to Android and IOS users will have to wait.
“It’s our ambition to scale cloud gaming through Xbox Game Pass available on all devices, but we have nothing further to share at this time regarding IOS,” says a Microsoft representative. Although it will be disappointing for IOS users that there won’t be any support available but it is not completely surprising due to Apple’s App Store policies. However, it hasn’t been revealed which Apple policies are preventing xCloud from launching on IOS. The same way how Google’s Stadia service is also not available on IOS devices. Apple took almost a year to approve Valve’s Steam Link app that primarily streams games from your home PC. Apple has also been questioned for its 30 percent cut of in-app purchases and strict App Store policies from the House Judiciary Committee recently as part of a tech antitrust hearing.
Regardless of anything, xCloud by Microsoft is being pushed ahead with its launch on September 15th. Although, Microsoft appears to be referring to it as the “cloud gaming” feature of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. xCloud is launching in 22 countries, namely, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
xCloud the Cloud Gaming feature will also be launched as a beta as Microsoft works to scale it to the millions of users around the world that it expects to use the service. The free preview of xCloud will end on September 11th as per Microsoft, and they also plan on launching an updated Xbox Game Pass app with game streaming on September 15th. However, it’s said that the versions that will be published on One Store in Korea and Galaxy Store for Samsung users globally will both include “in-app purchase capabilities,” and Google Play Store version will not.
Microsoft’s partnering with Razor, PowerA, 8BitDo, and Nacon to create accessories and controllers that are ready for xCloud. Use of existing Xbox One controllers and even Sony’s DualShock 4 controllers is possible to play games on xCloud. Microsoft is not announcing in detail about all the 100+ games that will be available but is providing a list of 36 titles that are coming:
- Ark: Survival Evolved
- Bleeding Edge
- Costume Quest 2
- Crackdown 3 (campaign)
- Destiny 2
- F1 2019
- Forza Horizon 4
- Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
- Gears of War 4
- Gears 5 Ultimate Edition
- Halo 5: Guardians
- Halo Wars: Definitive Edition
- Halo Wars 2
- Halo: The Master Chief Collection
- Halo: Spartan Assault
- Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
- Killer Instinct Definitive Edition
- Max: The Curse of Brotherhood
- Minecraft Dungeons
- The Outer Worlds
- Ori and The Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
- Ori and The Wall Of The Wisps
- Quantum Break
- ReCore: Definitive Edition
- Ryse: Son of Rome
- Sea f Thieves: Anniversary Edition
- State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition
- Sunset Overdrive
- Super Lucky’s Tale
- Tell Me Why
- The Bard’s Tale Trilogy
- Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut
- Wasteland 3
- Wasteland Remastered
- Yakuza Kiwami 2
With all these amazing games and more to come, we can definitely expect this new feature by Microsoft to be a hit.