Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Adds Cloud Gaming September 15 (But Not In Australia)

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This seems like a thing people might do.  (Photo: Microsoft)
This seems like a thing people might do. (Photo: Microsoft)

As announced in July, Microsoft’s Project xCloud game streaming service is becoming part of the $20-a-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription service on September 15, allowing users in select regions to stream more than 100 Xbox games to their Android phones and tablets. In a pair of posts on Xbox Wire, Microsoft details the games subscribers can play and the hardware they’ll be using to play them.

Every Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriber across the 22 launch regions will be able to stream their games to Android devices starting September 15. An updated Game Pass app will be available on launch day, giving users instant access to more than 100 streaming Xbox games. While Microsoft is saving the full game list until closer to launch, they did list a number of popular games folks might like to play on their phones, including some Halo, Gears, and Forza. Sounds like it’ll be a good time to finally finish Ryse: Son of Rome.

  • 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
  • Grounded
  • 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

The service will initially be available to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers in 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.

You sell those accessories, Microsoft. (Graphic: Microsoft)

In a separate Xbox Wire post, Microsoft detailed a number of controllers, clips, and phone grips coming from companies like Razer, PowerA, and 8BitDo. Players won’t need any of these fancy devices to play streaming Xbox games on their phones, mind you. Any Android-supported controller will do, including standard Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers.

It’ll be interesting to see how well Xbox cloud gaming catches on in this new age of super-fast, probably not mutation-causing 5G mobile data. It could change the way we game forever. It won’t, but it’s fun to imagine the possibility.

Comments

  • The funny thing is Microsoft does have servers in Australia, but I guess it doesn’t have faith in the infrastructure to be able to handle it.

  • I’m hoping they can at least get the local streaming (from own xbox) running so I can play Slay The Spire on the loo/ in bed.

    • I’m positive I’ve seen that in my settings (I’m in the preview program so it may not be out in the wild and I haven’t tested it yet but the settings imply I can stream from my console – I’ll test it out and report back)

  • My guess is they only drop this in countries where they can guarantee the net infrastructure so that they can get there glowing reviews, then dump it on the rest of us and point to the good results in countries with good internet when it is inevitably bad here

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