Project xCloud game streaming coming soon to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers
Microsoft has been working for a while now on its new Project xCloud game streaming technology, and while it’s been available in a limited beta test, the service will soon be open to a far wider array of gamers.
Come this September, Microsoft will be integrating Project xCloud into Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions for no additional cost. Unlike some other game streaming options, xCloud lets you stream the Xbox games you already own without needing to buy them again or pay an additional monthly fee. When Project xCloud comes to Game Pass Ultimate subscribers in a few months, it’ll also support the playing of over 100 Xbox Game Pass games streamed to your phone or tablet.
“Cloud gaming in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate means your games are no longer locked to the living room,” writes Xbox head Phil Spencer in a new Xbox Wire post. “You can connect more than ever with friends and family through gaming. And just like you do with your movie and music streaming services, when cloud gaming launches into Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you can continue your game wherever you left off on any of your devices.”
I’ve been part of the closed beta test for Project xCloud since last year, and I’ve been pretty impressed with the service so far. It hasn’t always worked as well on a technical level as Google’s Stadia has for me, but it’s definitely been improving. And, at the end of the day, the ability to steam the library of games I already own without having to buy them again is a huge plus for those times when streaming games would be an attractive option.
Source: Xbox Wire
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