XCloud renamed to Cloud Gaming, launches tomorrow with 150+ games

Joanna Estrada
September 16, 2020

Well, we now know that the service is officially launching tomorrow, and it has a pretty long list of games that will be available to play at launch.

"Gamers want to jump directly into a game from their curated catalog within one app just like they do with movies or songs, and not be forced to download over 100 apps to play individual games from the cloud", Microsoft stated. Microsoft's latest cloud-based gaming service went live today in 22 countries and it's available for various platforms including mobile. In fact, it's not going to be available as a standalone subscription at all. Included are lots of AAA titles including a bundle from Xbox Game Studios. Whether more games will get this treatment down the line remains to be seen but you can try it out for yourself when Xbox Game Pass Ultimate launches for Android devices tomorrow. Those with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription and an Android device (oh, and a decent internet connection), will be able to fire up Minecraft Dungeons later today and play the game on their devices without the need for a Bluetooth controller. Microsoft has announced that EA Play titles are being added to Project xCloud, but they will not be playable till the holidays.

The service is now not yet available for iOS users due to Apple previously blocking services such as xCloud. Last week Apple revised store guidelines that could pave the way for xCloud (and Google Stadia, Nvidia GeForce Now) to become viable on iOS but it sounds rather complicated for gamers/companies involved - unlike the way it green-lights streaming content from the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, Now TV etc.

Microsoft previously criticised Apple over an App Store policy which prevented cloud streaming services from running on iOS devices.

In a response to a query over the changes from The Verge, Microsoft snubbed the new policy and said it will deliver a "bad experience for customers".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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