Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will be able to begin streaming select titles to their smartphones and tablets through Project xCloud starting on September 15 at no additional cost.
In a new blog post, Xbox announced the release date for when its xCloud streaming service will be available to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is Microsoft’s premier version of the video game subscription service, Game Pass, which includes both console and PC Game Pass libraries, Xbox Live Gold, and now xCloud.
Project xCloud is Xbox’s foray into cloud streaming, which will allow users to stream games directly to a smartphone or tablet. Furthermore, everything tied to your Xbox Account including achievements, friends, game saves, progression, player profile, and controller settings will carry over with you on the new Xbox Game Pass app.
Xbox says there will be over 100 titles from Xbox Game Pass’ library ready to play for xCloud at launch, but says a full catalog reveal will arrive later. In the meantime, Xbox shared a smaller list of games that will be available on xCloud including Gears 5 Ultimate Edition, Halo 5: Guardians, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Minecraft Dungeons, Sea of Thieves, and more.
Xbox’s big pitch with xCloud is that it will serve as a convenient additional feature to its overall Game Pass package, which lets members download and play games from a library of hundreds of titles, for a monthly fee. While Game Pass Ultimate’s bread and butter is still its library of games, adding xCloud will give existing subscribers a completely new feature for no extra cost.
In its blog, Xbox paints a scenario where Game Pass Ultimate members can continue their console or PC gaming on the go, whether it’s traveling or on a lunch break, or if the home console is being used for something else.
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There are also co-op opportunities with xCloud that will let you and a friend play multiplayer games together, in the same room with one person on the console or PC, and the other on a smartphone or tablet. Project xCloud will be available through an updated Xbox Game Pass app that will be available for download on September 15
Microsoft also revealed a series of mobile gaming accessories designed to work with Game Pass titles on smartphones, including new controller peripherals from Razer, PowerA, 8bitDo, and Steel Series.
Check out the shortlist of games announced for xCloud as well as our Xbox Series X guide for more on Microsoft’s next-gen plans.
Matt T.M. Kim is a reporter for IGN.
Source: IGN Video Games All