Microsoft’s Project xCloud game streaming service has been in the works for a while now, with limited public beta testing ongoing for the last year or so. Now, we’re learning that the service is going to be greatly expanded and made available to just about everyone.
Starting September 2020, just a month or two before the Xbox Series X launches, Microsoft will be adding Project xCloud to its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Subscription. Don’t know what that is? Well, for $14.99 per month, you get access to Xbox Game Pass on Xbox and PC along with your Xbox Live subscription. So, basically access to more than 100 games, online multiplayer capability, and – pretty soon – the ability to stream those games (and any other digital purchases that are compatible) to your phone or tablet.
In a post on Xbox Wire, Xbox head Phil Spencer laid it all out:
“Cloud gaming in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate means your games are no longer locked to the living room. You can connect more than ever with friends and family through gaming. And just like you do with your movie and music streaming services, when cloud gaming launches into Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you can continue your game wherever you left off on any of your devices.”
This is great news if you already subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and if you don’t it’ll be a damn good incentive to subscribe as Project xCloud won’t raise the price of Game Pass Ultimate, so you’ll still pay the same $14.99 that you pay right now. The best part is that getting started with xCloud isn’t all that hard. Your standard, Bluetooth capable Xbox One controller will pair with your phone or tablet easily and, for phones, you can purchase a rather inexpensive clip that will allow you to support your phone with the controller as you play.
Undoubtedly, we’ll hear more about this in the coming month as we get closer to xCloud’s integration with Games Pass