Microsoft xCloud to launch on Xbox Game Pass with over 150 games

Ruben Fields
September 15, 2020

Microsoft's Microsoft xCloud game streaming service went live on 15 September in 22 countries with an initial offer of over150 games.

The long list of games that are available on xCloud from tomorrow will unfortunately not include EA's Play titles.

The list includes popular in-house titles like Grounded, Forza Horizon 4, and Battletoads, with acclaimed triple-A games like The Witcher 3, The Outer Wilds, and indie game representatives such as Hollow Knight and Slay the Spire.

Meanwhile, thanks to Apple's App Store policies, the streaming service will only be available on Android phones and tablets.

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With the arrival of the second half of this month of September, Microsoft takes the opportunity to announce the next titles that will join Xbox Game Pass, its on-demand video game service for PC Windows 10 and Xbox One and that with the arrival of xCloud service, some of them also land on Android devices. Also, the service isn't going to be called Project xCloud anymore.

Apple responded by amending its rules to allow for the services, which permits catalogue-style apps such as Xbox Game Pass, with some major caveats. It is still now in Beta stage, but available to everyone who is now an Ultimate member, alongside any other users that sign up to the service.

In a response to a query over the changes from The Verge, Microsoft snubbed the new policy and said it will deliver a "bad experience for customers".

If you've pre-ordered the Galaxy Note 20 / Galaxy Note 20 Ultra or the Galaxy Tab S7 / Galaxy Tab S7+ in select markets then you should be all set to start using Xbox Game Pass Ultimate through the cloud. Last week Apple revised store guidelines that could pave the way for xCloud (and Google Stadia, Nvidia GeForce Now) to become viable on iOS but it sounds rather complicated for gamers/companies involved - unlike the way it green-lights streaming content from the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, Now TV etc.

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