Microsoft has officially announced that it will soon launch its latest game streaming service, known as Project xCloud, on September 15th. However, Microsoft has also stated that Project xCloud will only be available exclusively for Android users; Desktop, iPhone, and iPad users will have to wait before game streaming becomes available on these devices.
Project xCloud will allow users to stream PC and Console games to any device of their choosing via the internet. Similar to other popular video game streaming services, users do not have to worry about downloading games when using xCloud. Instead, games will be streamed through servers with the help of modern-day Cloud architecture. Microsoft is competing against several tech giants including NVIDIA and Google that are also providing cloud-based streaming services.
“Cloud Gaming removes the need to wait until you can access your console in order to play your favorite games: just pick up your phone or tablet and play the games you want, any time you want,” wrote Kareem Choudhry (Project xCloud chief) in a recent blog.
Project xCloud will be packaged alongside the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Subscription, which is currently available at a monthly price of $14.99. Users who are already subscribed can now download a preview version of the xCloud compatible Xbox streaming app. The early preview is offering more than thirty Xbox and PC titles including Destiny 2, Gears of War, Halo, and other popular video games. Although a list of available games has yet to be released, Microsoft has promised that users will have access to more than 100 games on launch day.
“Today we’re excited to share more about what you can expect. Beginning September 15, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Members can play more than 100 games from the cloud on their android phones or tablet. Cloud gaming will launch in beta for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members in 22 markets to ensure stability as we scale the feature to millions of gamers,” Microsoft said in its blog post.
When asked why streaming services would not be available for iOS devices on launch day, a Microsoft spokesperson explained that Apple’s app store policies had limited their testing and ultimately delayed the launch of Project xCloud on iOS devices. Apple’s app store policies have already faced criticism from several companies and their latest feud with Epic Games Store has rekindled the battle against the mega-corporation.
Despite the lack of iOS support, Microsoft is continuing to push towards an official launch of Project xCloud on September 15th. The latest game streaming service will debut across 22 countries including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, South Korea, the UK, the United States, and other countries. More countries will soon be added to the list once Project xCloud is successfully launched.