17 August 2020
UPDATE (August 5th, 2020):
It is official that Microsoft is set to make xCloud game streaming service available starting September 15th. It will be available for free to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers in a total of 22 markets around the world. These include 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
Original (July 17th, 2020)
Microsoft is currently busy beta testing Project xCloud game streaming service but we finally have an official confirmation on when it will be released publically. A new Xbox press release makes it clear that Project xCloud will become available for everyone in September 2020 i.e. within about two months.
Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, said that Project xCloud service will be offered free of cost to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. It is a subscription service for those who play games on Xbox as well as PCs. It is a single subscription that offers access to all Xbox Pass games for the console and PC along with Xbox Live Gold multiplayer functionality. It costs $14.99 per month and with an additional streaming service in the bundle, it will become an even better money saver deal for gamers.
There are said to be over 100 games that users will be able to stream directly on their smartphones and tablets. They will not need to be in their console/PC room to play their favorite games. The streaming will bring all the game features including multiplayer support. There will be cross-platform syncing ability so that users can easily jump from one device to another without losing any game progress.
At the moment, Microsoft has not revealed the markets where Project xCloud will be released. Even the stand-alone pricing for the service is unknown for now. We can expect such details to become public in the coming weeks and we will make sure to keep you updated.