Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming service will be made available as part of the company’s Game Pass Ultimate on 15th September.
Game Pass Ultimate is Microsoft’s top-tier Game Pass offering, bundling together subscription access to a sizeable range of PC and console games, as well as Xbox Live Gold, special member discounts, and perks. Come 15th September, however, that will be expanded to include over 100 games that can be streamed via xCloud to Android phones and tablets.
Additionally, Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will have to access their Xbox friends list, achievements, controller settings, and saved progress once they’ve downloaded the official Xbox Game Pass app to their mobile devices.
Microsoft says its full xCloud-enabled catalogue will be detailed closer to release, but has confirmed the likes of Destiny 2, Sea of Thieves, Minecraft Dungeons, Gears 5, Yakuza Kiwami 2, and Life is Strange developer Dontnod’s Tell Me Why will all be streamable on launch day (a longer list is available below). Furthermore, starting 15th September, all Xbox Game Studios titles will be streamable from day one of their release.
Xbox One Bluetooth Wireless and PlayStation 4 DualShock controllers will be supported for streaming, and Microsoft says it’s teamed up with Razer, PowerA, 8BitDo, and NACON to release a number of other cloud gaming accessories, including travel controllers, clips, and controllers that can be split and attached to a phone.
Microsoft is classing xCloud’s September launch as a “beta”, and it’ll initially be available as part of Game Pass Ultimate in 22 countries: 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. This, it says, is to “ensure
stability as we scale the feature to millions of gamers.”
Those new to Game Pass Ultimate can currently get the first month for £1. The standard version of Game Pass is £7.99 a month on console and £3.99 on PC, where the service is still in beta.
Here’s everything Microsoft has currently confirmed to be streamable as part of Game Pass Ultimate on launch day:
- Ark: Survival Evolved
- Bleeding Edge
- Costume Quest 2
- Crackdown 3 (campaign)
- Destiny 2
- F1 2019
- 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
- Minecraft Dungeons
- The Outer Worlds
- Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps
- Quantum Break
- ReCore: Definitive Edition
- Ryse: Son of Rome
- Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition
- State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition
- Sunset Overdrive
- Super Lucky’s Tale
- Tell Me Why
- The Bard’s Tale Trilogy
- Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut
- Wasteland 3
- Wasteland Remastered
- Yakuza Kiwami 2