Microsoft’s game streaming service Project xCloud will land on Android devices on September 15, the company announced via a post on its website. It is part of Microsoft’s video game subscription service Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and customers will be able to play more than 100 games on their Android phones or tablets via the cloud. When it is launched in 22 markets, a beta version will be available. Unfortunately, India is not one of the markets, but more regions will be added in the future.
In its post, Microsoft’s Xbox team announced that since the launch of Android xCloud on September 15, Android users who subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will be able to play more than 100 games on their phones or tablets. These games include Yakuza Kiwami 2, Minecraft Dungeons, Gears 5, Destiny 2, Tell Me Why, etc. The service will first be provided to 22 markets, including Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, South Korea, the United States and the United Kingdom. It will be in the beta version when it is first launched, and the free xCloud preview version will end on September 11.
It is worth noting that Project xCloud is only available on Android, and there is no information about whether and when this feature will be used for iOS devices.
“As the world around us changes, entertainment is always available no matter what device we use. Our vision is to make games accessible in all situations. Microsoft Project xCloud vice president Kareem Choudhry said: “You want to get on Xbox All of the experience and your game profile can travel with you on your mobile device, including your buddy list, achievements, controller settings and saved game progress.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members charge US$14.99 (approximately Rs 1,100) per month. It includes exclusive membership discounts, deals, privileges and Xbox Live Gold. Users who want to play on their Android phones or tablets need to download the Xbox Game Pass app from the Google Play Store, Samsung Galaxy Store or ONE Store.
Microsoft also said that it will work with Razer, PowerA, 8BitDo and Nacon to create new accessories for cloud gaming, including phone clips, travel controllers and Xbox brand controllers (which can hold mobile phones separately). The service can also be used with a regular Xbox One Bluetooth controller or PlayStation DualShock 4 controller.
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