Microsoft Project xCloud game streaming service will be available on Android devices starting from 15th of September, and it will include more than a 100 games.
We already knew that Xbox Game Pass Ultimate would bring with it the possibility of playing on mobiles through the cloud and at no additional cost beyond the 14,99 USD that this option cost. Project xCloud was already active in a provisional version for a limited number of people, but it will be next September 15 when the new beta version of the service starts in 22 countries as announced by Kareem Choudhry, one of the people who is responsible from Project xCloud, on the Xbox blog.
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The idea was that the more than one hundred games that the service has in the Ultimate option for Xbox and PC could be enjoyed on Android phones and tablets, and Choudhry has confirmed that this will be the case, with the announcement of titles such as’ Minecraft Dungeons’, ‘Destiny 2’, ‘Tell Me Why’, ‘Gears 5’ or ‘Yakuza Kiwami 2’, plus others that will be revealed when the date approaches. Xbox insists on a commitment that all new Xbox Game Studios games become part of Xbox Game Pass from day one, which would include cloud gaming.
Confirmed games for Microsoft Project xCloud
Ark: Survival Evolved
Costume Quest 2
Crackdown 3 (campaign)
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
The Outer Worlds
Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
Ori and the Will of the Wisps
ReCore: Definitive Edition
Ryse: Son of Rome
Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition
State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition
Super Lucky’s Tale
Tell me why
The Bard’s Tale Trilogy
Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut
Yakuza Kiwami 2
Requirements for Project xCloud
- A Microsoft account and an Xbox gamertag
- Subscription to the Game Pass Ultimate service
- An Xbox controller or compatible
- Device with Android 6.0 or higher and also Bluetooth version 4.0.
- WiFi connection of at least 5 Ghz with 10 Mbps download
- The Microsoft Xbox Game Pass App
Choudhry took the opportunity to remember that all the characteristics of the Xbox profiles (friends lists, achievements, settings and, of course, saved games) will be preserved when moving to mobile game. It is, clearly, one of the big bets of Xbox for this generation, ahead perhaps of the technical power of the console, and leaves Sony in a position, if there is no last-minute technical revelation, in which It has its overwhelming catalog of exclusives as the only decisive weapon in this confrontation.
And some accessories
Xbox has taken advantage of the announcement of the date to show a few devices that will facilitate mobile gaming. The Razer Kishi, for example, has all the features of an Xbox controller, including sticks and crosshead, but allows the insertion of Android smartphones. Similar characteristics has a control proposed by PowerA in which an Android smartphone can be inserted, but also play with the screen of the mobile or tablet at a distance, held with a support. It will be available at the end of the year.
Also from PowerA is the more traditional MOGA XP5-X Plus, which has the typical clip to hold the mobile in front of a traditional Xbox controller. It connects via Bluetooth and allows the remapping of buttons and charging of the phone itself. It will also be available from September 15. The announced devices are completed with an 8BitDo retro air clip control and SteelSeries wireless headsets.