10 December 2020
As announced last month, Microsoft's take on cloud gaming experience is here. It is officially known as Cloud Gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate which has been changed from the previously used name Project xCloud. The new name represents that the Xbox cloud gaming experience is free for all those who are Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers.
The Xbox Cloud Gaming service is currently limited to Android devices because of the issues with Apple's policies. It can be enjoyed on any Android smartphone or tablet with the help of the official app. Microsoft says there are over 150 Xbox game titles to choose from including both first-party and third-party offerings. Some of the big names include Forza Horizon 4, Battletoads, Tell Me Why, Destiny 2, Batman: Arkham Knight, DiRT 4, F1 2019, Fallout 76, Gears of War series, Halo series, Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, The Witcher 3, The Walking Dead, and Yakuza series.
It is worth noting that if you are already an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriber, you will automatically get access to the game streaming functionality. Those who have not subscribed to the service yet, they will need to do so first. Once this step is done, you will be able to take out any Android smartphone or tablet and start streaming your favorite Xbox games. The subscription costs $1 for the first month and $14.99 per month thereafter.
The only thing to ensure is that you are from one of the officially supported countries. Microsoft's Cloud Gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is available only in 22 countries: 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.