When Microsoft first revealed Project xCloud, fans of Team Green were intrigued by the high performance laded inside such a small mobile package. Now that is is bundled with the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, this service is even more accessible than ever and it's finally got a release date ... at least for Android users.
Microsoft's Project xCloud launches on September 15th and as bundled with the Game Pass Ultimate, the entire deal only costs $14.99 a month. This service is still growing and building, so it will only begin with a small trickle of games with the goal of having hundreds of titles players can play. The downside is that Apple users are, once again, left in the dust, just like with Google Stadia, though the team did mention that their goal is to encompass both major mobile platforms.
Microsoft has previously tested xCloud on iOS devices but the testing periods were incredibly limited due to Apple's App Store policies, which are uniquely controlling despite what a money maker their base store is. The move to limit services like this don't really make a ton of sense when looking at Apple's goals to further into the gaming market. Since Macs are the butt of PC player jokes, being able to tie in when a console giant would be an incredible way of making headway into the games industry and will bolster their own game services as well with a wider player base.
As mentioned previously, Google Stadia also couldn't work around the intricate iOS policies and it took Valve over a year to get their Steam Link to function on Apple devices. Regardless of Apple's unwillingness to join forces, Microsoft says the show must go on and go on it will on September 15th for Android users. For those that already have Game Pass Ultimate, this will simply be the Cloud Gaming addition seen on that hub.
While the list will grow, just like the backwards compatibility list did since it first launched, Microsoft did reveal which games would be available:
- 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
Having tested Halo: The Master Chief Collection, I was surprised by how well the transition to mobile worked. While we do have platforms like the Nintendo Switch, this provides a nice alternative for those that are on the road a lot, or just like being able to have the freedom to play anywhere and everywhere.
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The Cloud Gaming services from Microsoft arrives on September 15th. What are your thoughts on this new service from Team Green? Shout those thoughts out loud and proud over on Twitter @PrimaGames!