Streaming services seem to be all the rage a while back, with the likes of Google Stadia and Microsoft’s Project xCloud set to battle it out. Now, Microsoft is going for a knockout blow, with plans to offer Project xCloud for free to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. This monumental move will happen in September. This would mean players will be able to play their games from consoles to mobile devices, shifting at will.
Microsoft will also bundle the xCloud service into a package that already encompasses Xbox Live and Xbox Game Pass at a monthly price of $14.99. XCloud will see more than 100 Xbox Game Pass titles be available at launch. Unfortunately, the tech giant has yet to reveal which countries would be getting access. It is safe to assume that the USA will be one of them. Similarly, the devices that will support xCloud remain a mystery. With testing done on both iOS and Android devices, it is likely most, if not all, smart devices will be compatible.
The only way to access xCloud currently is only through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. However, that will not always be the case.
“Over time we will continue to expand how we introduce streaming as part of the platform, and playing games that you own that aren’t part of the subscription,” Microsoft’s Xbox chief Phil Spencer explained to The Verge. “For launch, we’re putting it in Ultimate for no additional cost. We think it’s a good audience for us to start with, and it’s an audience that plays a lot of games.”
Big plans in store
“We want to bring xCloud, eventually, to every screen that someone can stream games to. Right now we’re just saying mobile,” Spencer added. “There are discussions going on and we’re working through things. We’ll talk more specifically about which mobile devices through August and the September launch.”
With Xbox planning their next-gen showcase for next week, more xCloud titles will also be revealed. Further details about the streaming service will follow in August.