‘Project xCloud’ – Microsoft’s cloud gaming service gets going September onwards for $15 every month
Finally, Microsoft announced that by September this year, in supported countries, they will be launching Xbox Game Pass and Project xCloud together totally free of charge for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members. With cloud gaming in Game Pass Ultimate, users will be able to play over 100 Xbox Game Pass titles either on their phones or tablets. Also, as Xbox Live links across devices, users will be able to play along with the almost 100 million Xbox Live players all throughout the world. So upon release of Halo Infinite, users can play together and immerse in the Halo universe as Master Chief—anywhere across the globe and across devices.
Thanks to cloud game streaming facilities, individuals won’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to make the most of the best that the gaming industry has to provide. For instance, NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW cloud gaming service lets individuals play Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding with DLSS 2.0 activated while Google’s Stadia cloud gaming service gives debatably the minimum latency and highest quality for its choice of games. Microsoft’s giving tough competition with Project xCloud as it provides a series of popular Xbox titles that have been in the overview for quite some months but will be released for everyone by the end of this year.
Gaming hardware keeps getting even more expensive: consoles such as the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X are not anticipated to cost anything lower than $500 at launch, while a proper gaming PC that can play AAA games costs even more. This is one of the reasons why game streaming has become attractive as gamers can play numerous games without needing costly hardware apart from a controller and an Internet connection.
The three large game streaming services have distinct models: NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW allows users to play from select titles in their already existing Steam/Epic Games library, Stadia lets users buy titles from its online store, and Project xCloud allows users to play over a hundred Xbox Game Pass titles. NVIDIA also provides a free tier with restricted playtime and just a handful of quality choices, Stadia has a Pro tier that offers gamers free games from time-to-time, and Project xCloud needs a monthly subscription fee but also provides various games upfront.
In September, Project xCloud will be leaving previews, so invites won’t be needed anymore. Microsoft is merging Xbox Live, Xbox Game Pass, and xCloud game streaming into a solitary $15 monthly subscription known as Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. As reported by The Verge, Microsoft won’t restrict xCloud to the $15/month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription tier, although Microsoft did not disclose concrete information on upcoming subscription plans.
Upon launch, users will be able to play from over 100 Xbox Game Pass titles on supported devices consisting of Android phones or tablets. Despite that, Microsoft hasn’t announced a list of games that will be available post-launch, nor have they informed which particular phone and tablet devices will be supported.