Microsoft’s Project xCloud is all set to be included within the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. Interestingly, it appears Microsoft will offer the ability to play games being run on remote cloud servers for free. The company has been extensively testing the Project xCloud for quite some time and moving ahead, the service is expected to be completely reliant on remote servers for game data, processing, gameplay, and streaming.
Starting next month, Project xCloud will become part of Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass Ultimate service for no additional cost. The xCloud service allows Xbox players to play games on mobile devices or even start a game on their consoles and resume it on their phone or tablet. On the other hand, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate combines Xbox Live access, an Xbox Game Pass subscription, and soon, the Cloud game streaming service.
Get Microsoft Project xCloud Remote Cloud Gaming For Free With Xbox Game Pass Ultimate:
Starting September 2020, Microsoft is adding a new perk to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, the subscription that bundles Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass for console and PC. Microsoft will throw in access to Project xCloud. The entire Xbox Game Pass Ultimate’s price will be $14.99 per month. It is interesting to note that the price hasn’t changed.
Project xCloud launches this September, will be included at no extra cost with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. https://t.co/UfZVqPao80
— Windows Central Gaming (@WCGamingTweets) July 16, 2020
Microsoft Project xCloud cloud-based streaming technology lets users play Xbox Game Pass titles on phones and tablet devices. The service has been in public testing since September 2019 in some countries. Microsoft has claimed that more than 100 Xbox Game Pass titles will be playable on a phone or tablet when the streaming service launches commercially.
Access to Project xCloud is currently limited to the U.S., Canada, South Korea, the U.K., and “many countries in western Europe.” The limitation in availability could be due to the requirement of low latency and ping times that are necessary for smooth gameplay over the internet. The game streaming service is currently compatible with a few powerful Android smartphones and tablets. However, Microsoft had launched a limited test version of xCloud on iOS devices in February this year.
Microsoft Planning To Offer xCloud As The First Service For People To Try Out Xbox Games:
Microsoft has big and ambitious plans for Project xCloud. Speaking about the endeavor, head of Xbox Phil Spencer said, “With cloud gaming in Game Pass Ultimate, you will be able to play over 100 Xbox Game Pass titles on your phone or tablet. And because Xbox Live connects all across devices, you can play along with the nearly 100 million Xbox Live players around the world. So, when Halo Infinite launches, you and your friends can play together and immerse yourselves in the Halo universe as Master Chief—anywhere you go and across devices.”
— IGN (@IGN) July 16, 2020
“There’s an ease of browsing and buying capability on xCloud that I find incredibly valuable today. Many times, the first time I play a game will actually be on xCloud, so I can go and use it as my snackable trial experience. We want that trial to be as easy as it is in music and video today, where I can send you a track in Spotify today and you can stream it instantly. Over time, anywhere I see a game I should be able to give it a try.”
What Microsoft wishes to achieve with Project xCloud is very similar to what Google had promised with its own remote cloud game streaming service, Stadia. Google has been increasingly attempting to leverage YouTube’s popularity to suggest games on Google Play Store. Additionally, it plans to help people jump straight into games from videos.