Formerly known as Project xCloud.
Microsoft’s Project xCloud promised that you can soon stream the games from your Xbox library straight to your mobile device. In beta for the past few months, the service is officially debuting on September 15 as part of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate offers more than 100+ selections of AAA-quality games along with an Xbox Live Gold subscription that enables online gameplay.
On September 15, more than 100 games will be available to be played via a streaming app that you install on your smartphone. The service will initially be launched on Android, with iOS devices to follow. Cloud gaming will initially launch as a beta service in 22 countries to ensure stability with Microsoft saying that it is scaling it up slowly so it can expand to other territories.
Games like Minecraft Dungeons, Destiny 2, Tell Me Why, Gears 5, and Yakuza Kiwami 2 will be available to stream, and Microsoft also promises other big game launches that will be available to stream and play on the service.
Being able to play in the cloud also means that you can start playing on the console and then continue your progress on your smartphone. All your game progress, profile details, achievements, and even your controller settings will all be synced to the cloud.
First-time subscribers to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate can get it for only $1 for the first month, with a regular $14.99 charge happening right after.
The 22 countries who will be lucky to try out cloud gaming through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes 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. The UAE is notably absent, so we’re hoping that the service expands to our region soon.
Additionally, Microsoft is partnering with Razer, PowerA, 8BitDo, and Nacon in creating different accessories that will let you play on the go. These include controllers and phone clips that you can use for gaming on the go. What’s more, the PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4 controller is also compatible with cloud gaming.