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Xbox Cloud Gaming launches today... in beta & Android-only

15 Sep 2020 | Rasmus Larsen |

Xbox Cloud Gaming (previously xCloud) launches today in 22 countries as part of Microsoft's game subscription service. However, it is still labeled beta and is only available on mobile Android.

Xbox Cloud Gaming

After having teased it for almost 2 years – as "the future of gaming" – Microsoft's game streaming technology has arrived. Cloud gaming can stream games over the internet, just like a movie from Netflix. In theory it would enable you to play PC/console games on any connected device with a screen. Xbox Cloud Gaming will be folded into Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Microsoft's existing $15/month subscription game service with 172 games, including Forza Horizon 4, Gears 5, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Halo 5 (full list in the table). Gamers can either download games onto their Xbox console or bring games with them as streaming games.

Xbox Cloud Gaming

Android-only

However, the launch is not exactly what Microsoft had hoped for. Xbox Cloud Gaming will initially be available only on Android phones and tablets. After some back and forth, Apple now says that subscription game services like Microsoft's will be allowed on Apple TV and iOS devices, but only if they adhere to current app rules. Microsoft says that it "remains a bad experience for customers". The Xbox Game Pass app will not be available on any Smart TV platforms either. At this time, game streaming is not even supported on Windows PCs. Microsoft acknowledges the shortcomings and is still labelling it beta even after all this time. It is no longer touting it as a service for "billions of gamers" either. - "Starting 15 September, Project xCloud is graduating to Beta and will now be available for millions of players around the world, included as a part of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription at no additional charge," said Microsoft. Check out the FAQ below for more information or visit xbox.com.

Xbox Cloud Gaming FAQ

In Microsoft's own words: How is cloud gaming related to Project xCloud? Is it the same? Project xCloud was the name of our public technology preview for cloud gaming that began in September 2019. After gathering feedback from players from around the world during the preview, we built the technology into Xbox Game Pass Ultimate so you can play 100+ Xbox games on your Android mobile phone or tablet, directly from the cloud. I noticed the page says cloud gaming is in beta. What does that mean? We are early on in our multi-year journey to bring Xbox games to mobile devices from the cloud. As we embark in this first stage, we are launching as a beta to continue to receive gamers’ feedback and build the features that will provide the best gaming experience. Is cloud gaming available in my area? Cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is available in 22 countries across North America and Europe, plus South Korea. This is the first stage of a multi-year journey and we will be adding more countries over time. What do I need to play games on my mobile device from the cloud? To play Xbox games from the cloud you will need: i. An active Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership in a supported market ii. An Xbox Bluetooth-enabled controller or another supported controller iii. An Android mobile phone or tablet with version Android 6.0 or higher iv. A Wi-Fi / LTE data connection with at least 10Mbps down-speed v. The Xbox Game Pass Android app, available from Samsung Galaxy and Google Play app stores. What games are available to play? Most titles in the Xbox Game Pass library are available to play on your mobile device directly from the cloud. For an up-to-date list, please visit the game library. How much data will cloud gaming consume? Exact data consumption will depend on usage. Please consult your ISP or mobile data provider for more information on your data plan. Do you support touch controls? Some games such as Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and Gears 5 may be played with touch controls. Over time we expect more games will have optional touch controls. How can I stay up to date on the latest with cloud gaming? We are early on in our multi-year journey to bring Xbox games to mobile devices from the cloud. Stay tuned to Xbox Wire for more information as we continue to build the future of cloud gaming together.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate game library

A Plague Tale: Innocence Absolver Afterparty Age of Wonders: Planetfall ARK: Survival Evolved Astroneer Batman: Arkham Knight Battletoads Battle Chasers: Nightwar Black Desert Blair Witch Bleeding Edge Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Bridge Constructor Portal Carrion Children of Morta ClusterTruck Crackdown 3: Campaign Crosscode Darksiders Genesis Darksiders III DayZ de Blob Dead by Daylight Dead Cells Dead Island Definitive Edition Death Squared Deliver us the moon Demon’s Tilt Descenders Destiny 2: Shadowkeep & Forsaken expansion (September 22) DiRT 4 Don’t Starve Double Kick Heroes Drake Hollow Dungeon of the Endless Enter The Gungeon F1 2019 Fallout 76 Farming Simulator 17 Felix the Reaper Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour For the King Forager Forza Horizon 4 Fractured Minds Frostpunk: Console Edition Gato Roboto Gears of War 1: Ultimate Edition Gears of War 4 Gears of War 5 Goat Simulator Golf with Your Friends Grounded Guacamelee! 2 Halo 5: Guardians Halo Wars 1: Definitive Edition Halo Wars 2 Halo: The Master Chief Collection Halo: Spartan Assault Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Hello Neighbor Hollow Knight (Renewal) Hot Shot Racing Human Fall Flat Hyperdot Hypnospace Outlaw Indivisible Journey to the Savage Planet Katana ZERO (Coming soon) Killer Instinct DE Kona Levelhead Lonely Mountains: Downhill Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Metro 2033 Redux Middle Earth: Shadow of War Minecraft: Dungeons MINIT Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight Moonlighter Mortal Kombat X (Not available in Korea) Mount & Blade: Warband Moving Out Mudrunner Munchkin: Quacked Quest Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden My Time At Portia Neon Abyss New Super Lucky’s Tale NieR:Automata Night Call Night in the Woods (Coming soon) No Man’s Sky Nowhere Prophet Observation Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition Ori and the Will of the Wisps Overcooked! 2 Oxenfree Pathologic 2 Pikuniku Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid ReCore: Definitive Edition Remnant: From the Ashes Resident Evil 7 Biohazard Rise & Shine River City Girls (Coming soon) Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition Sea Salt Secret Neighbor Shadow Warrior 2 Slay the Spire Sniper Elite 4 Spiritfarer State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition Stellaris Stranger Things 3: The Game Streets of Rage 4 Streets of Rogue Subnautica Surviving Mars Tacoma Tell Me Why Episode 1 – 3 Terraria The Bard’s Tale IV: Directors Cut The Bard’s Tale Remastered and Resnarkled The Bard’s Tale Trilogy The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics The Elder Scrolls Online The Gardens Between The Jackbox Party Pack 4 The Long Dark The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game The Messenger The Outer Worlds The Surge 2 The Touryst The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt The Escapists 2 The Talos Principle The Turing Test The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – Episode 1 through 5 The Walking Dead: Michonne – Episode 1 – 3 The Walking Dead: Season Two theHunter: Call of the Wild Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales Totally Accurate Battle Simulator Totally Reliable Delivery Service Touhou Luna Nights Tracks – The Train Set Game Trailmakers Train Sim World 2020 Two Point Hospital Undermine Untitled Goose Game Void Bastards Wandersong Warhammer Vermintide 2 (Coming soon) Wasteland Remastered Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut Wasteland 3 We Happy Few West of Dead Wizard of Legend World War Z Worms W.M.D Xeno Crisis Yakuza 0 Yakuza Kiwami Yakuza Kiwami 2
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