Backward Compatible Games Come to Xbox Cloud Gaming

Xbox Cloud Gaming—formerly called Project xCloud—now provides access to 16 OG Xbox and Xbox 360 games to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers.

“Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can now tap into a collection of favorites from the past in a whole new way — right on mobile devices, turning them into retro handheld game systems,” Microsoft’s Will Tuttle writes. “16 original Xbox and Xbox 360 games are now available on Android phones and tablets, with more games coming soon.”

Presented as the next logical step in the Xbox platform’s incredible backward compatibility program, this change is perhaps the biggest addition that customers have requested for Xbox Cloud Gaming. Compatible games include Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie, Double Dragon Neon, Fable II, Fallout: New Vegas, Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3, Gears of War: Judgment, Jetpac Refuelled (touch controls enabled), Kameo, Perfect Dark, Perfect Dark Zero, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Viva Piñata (touch controls enabled), and Viva Piñata: TIP (touch controls enabled).

To play these games on mobile, you will need an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription and, for now at least, an Android device. But Xbox Cloud Gaming is expected to arrive on Windows 10 PCs, iPhones, iPads, and the web sometime soon.

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  • bart

    Premium Member
    31 March, 2021 - 11:35 am

    <p>Awesome! Hope the backwards compatible program on Xbox Cloud gaming will expand its library to be the same as on the console </p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      01 April, 2021 - 8:57 am

      I assume this is up to the game publishers?

  • skyczy08

    31 March, 2021 - 12:51 pm

    <p>wow, looking forward to checking these out. Especially Fable 2</p>

  • bluvg

    31 March, 2021 - 2:12 pm

    <p>Still miss Kung Fu Chaos for the original Xbox… wish they'd make that available </p>

  • remc86007

    31 March, 2021 - 3:25 pm

    <p>Why not just stick with the name xCloud? It's a cool sounding name which conveys what it is. Nobody wants to say Xbox Cloud Gaming.</p>

  • srrlx1986

    Premium Member
    31 March, 2021 - 3:34 pm

    <p>Oh ffs while this a nice benefit, actually being able to play these games on my PC or iPhone would be nicer. I am tired of these piss poor little updates to distract from the fact that two major platforms cannot take advantage of it. </p>

    • IanYates82

      Premium Member
      31 March, 2021 - 10:10 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#621022">In reply to SRRLX1986:</a></em></blockquote><p>Yep. They have a PC client. It's in the wild. Let us use it, even if it's just to control our home consoles at first.</p>

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