Microsoft Launches Cloud Gaming

Posted on September 14, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Games, Mobile gaming, Project xCloud, Xbox with 12 Comments

Cloud Gaming—formerly Project xCloud—will launch tomorrow as a feature of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate in 22 countries at no additional cost. Subscribers will be able to access over 150 game titles via an Xbox console or Android mobile device.

“You will find a fantastic, curated selection of games available in the Xbox Game Pass library, including popular Xbox Game Studios titles such as Tell Me Why, Grounded, Forza Horizon 4, and Battletoads, along with favorites from our content partners like Spiritfarer, Untitled Goose Game, and Destiny 2,” Microsoft’s Kareem Choudhry announced. “Similar to Xbox Game Pass for Console and PC, you can expect the library to evolve over time based on members’ feedback, with new games added all the time.”

Microsoft has also unveiled the complete list of 150+ launch titles, which include:

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • Absolver
  • Afterparty
  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall
  • ARK: Survival Evolved
  • Astroneer
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Battletoads
  • Battle Chasers: Nightwar
  • Black Desert
  • Blair Witch
  • Bleeding Edge
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  • Bridge Constructor Portal
  • Carrion
  • Children of Morta
  • ClusterTruck
  • Crackdown 3: Campaign
  • Crosscode
  • Darksiders Genesis
  • Darksiders III
  • DayZ
  • de Blob
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Dead Cells
  • Dead Island Definitive Edition
  • Death Squared
  • Deliver us the moon
  • Demon’s Tilt
  • Descenders
  • Destiny 2: Shadowkeep & Forsaken expansion (September 22)
  • DiRT 4
  • Don’t Starve
  • Double Kick Heroes
  • Drake Hollow
  • Dungeon of the Endless
  • Enter The Gungeon
  • F1 2019
  • Fallout 76
  • Farming Simulator 17
  • Felix the Reaper
  • Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour
  • For the King
  • Forager
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Fractured Minds
  • Frostpunk: Console Edition
  • Gato Roboto
  • Gears of War 1: Ultimate Edition
  • Gears of War 4
  • Gears of War 5
  • Goat Simulator
  • Golf with Your Friends
  • Grounded
  • Guacamelee! 2
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Halo Wars 1: Definitive Edition
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Hello Neighbor
  • Hollow Knight (Renewal)
  • Hot Shot Racing
  • Human Fall Flat
  • Hyperdot
  • Hypnospace Outlaw
  • Indivisible
  • Journey to the Savage Planet
  • Katana ZERO (Coming soon)
  • Killer Instinct DE
  • Kona
  • Levelhead
  • Lonely Mountains: Downhill
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
  • Metro 2033 Redux
  • Middle Earth: Shadow of War
  • Minecraft: Dungeons
  • MINIT
  • Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
  • Moonlighter
  • Mortal Kombat X (Not available in Korea)
  • Mount & Blade: Warband
  • Moving Out
  • Mudrunner
  • Munchkin: Quacked Quest
  • Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
  • My Time At Portia
  • Neon Abyss
  • New Super Lucky’s Tale
  • NieR:Automata
  • Night Call
  • Night in the Woods (Coming soon)
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Nowhere Prophet
  • Observation
  • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Overcooked! 2
  • Oxenfree
  • Pathologic 2
  • Pikuniku
  • Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition
  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
  • ReCore: Definitive Edition
  • Remnant: From the Ashes
  • Resident Evil 7 Biohazard
  • Rise & Shine
  • River City Girls (Coming soon)
  • Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition
  • Sea Salt
  • Secret Neighbor
  • Shadow Warrior 2
  • Slay the Spire
  • Sniper Elite 4
  • Spiritfarer
  • State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition
  • Stellaris
  • Stranger Things 3: The Game
  • Streets of Rage 4
  • Streets of Rogue
  • Subnautica
  • Surviving Mars
  • Tacoma
  • Tell Me Why Episode 1 – 3
  • Terraria
  • The Bard’s Tale IV: Directors Cut
  • The Bard’s Tale Remastered and Resnarkled
  • The Bard’s Tale Trilogy
  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • The Gardens Between
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 4
  • The Long Dark
  • The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game
  • The Messenger
  • The Outer Worlds
  • The Surge 2
  • The Touryst
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • The Escapists 2
  • The Talos Principle
  • The Turing Test
  • The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – Episode 1 through 5
  • The Walking Dead: Michonne – Episode 1 – 3
  • The Walking Dead: Season Two
  • theHunter: Call of the Wild
  • Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales
  • Totally Accurate Battle Simulator
  • Totally Reliable Delivery Service
  • Touhou Luna Nights
  • Tracks – The Train Set Game
  • Trailmakers
  • Train Sim World 2020
  • Two Point Hospital
  • Undermine
  • Untitled Goose Game
  • Void Bastards
  • Wandersong
  • Warhammer Vermintide 2 (Coming soon)
  • Wasteland Remastered
  • Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut
  • Wasteland 3
  • We Happy Few
  • West of Dead
  • Wizard of Legend
  • World War Z
  • Worms W.M.D
  • Xeno Crisis
  • Yakuza 0
  • Yakuza Kiwami
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2

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12 responses to “Microsoft Launches Cloud Gaming”

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    daveevad

    Does the $1 for new members still convert your remaining XBL Gold into Game Pass Ultimate? Is it beneficial to max out my Gold membership prior to upgrading for $1? I have Gold until May 2021.


    Thanks!

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    sevenacids

    No support for Windows 10? Too bad. It would have been nice to check it out on a laptop.

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      brian_irelan

      In reply to sevenacids:

      Yea, a bit surprised it wasn't ready for launch. Last I heard it was being tested internally.


      At least I'll be able to get a better feel for the service's latency now that it will run on my hardwired console.

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      wolters

      In reply to sevenacids:

      I'm excited for the official announcement but kept looking for the options to play it via browser or XBOX App on Windows 10. I hope that is right around the corner.


      Case and point for me...yes, I play the much-maligned Fallout 76. It is on Game Pass right now for PC but it doesn't' sync my Level 105 character from the XBOX. So I am hoping the XCLOUD version will keep it in sync.

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      solomonrex

      In reply to sevenacids:

      This looks like a classic right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing. The Surface team is spearheading Microsoft's efforts to move to ARM, this is a perfect fit for that scenario, and somehow Surface Pro X isn't the first development target? Even when other ARM devices from other companies (Samsung and Apple) are being released?


      I understand they want to lead where it can be successful and popular and get good praise, but you also have to serve your core fan base. And they don't have to limit it to Surface X, just show their customers that they have solutions and they care about them.


      Surface Pro X with XCloud is a lot more compelling than Surface Pro X with only app store apps, right? And it would help sell hardware, too.

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        wolters

        In reply to solomonrex:

        Agreed...I have a Surface Pro X and I find it slightly underrated and not worth of the "it doesn't run anything" comments...beyond Android Studio, I've not ran into show stoppers. In fact, I've been a little surprised how it has played Steam and GOG games. Adding X-Box Cloud almost could make this my primary day to day mobile machine.

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    munkeybuziness

    I never play these things on mobile devices so not that exciting to me yet but I'd love for this service to come the xbox hardware. Probably the worst modern day experience is waiting for a new game to download and then having to manage storage, esp if you aren't sure about the game in the first place. I hope they eventually have a way to just jump into a new game right on the console itself.

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    lewk

    It's not launching in Australia though. *Sad trombone music*

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    abdulla77

    I really hope they increase the number of countries.. people exist out there. With fiber connections too. Besides, they have a huge footprint of data centers globally so this shouldn't be a far reach.

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