Project xCloud has been testing for quite a while now but in that time it was never fully shared how this would be handled once it rolled out for all users. Now we know.
Starting this September, xCloud will be a new feature that will be added to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate memberships. Thus in addition to having access to all first party titles and a wealth of third party titles digitally on-demand, you’ll now be able to play those games on your phone, tablet, or PC from nearly anywhere.
Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, took to Xbox Wire this morning with a statement on next-generation featuring the announcement:
Finally, today we’re announcing that this September, in supported countries, we’re bringing Xbox Game Pass and Project xCloud together at no additional cost for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members. With cloud gaming in Game Pass Ultimate, you will be able to play over 100 Xbox Game Pass titles on your phone or tablet. And because Xbox Live connects across devices, you can play along with the nearly 100 million Xbox Live players around the world. So when Halo Infinite launches, you and your friends can play together and immerse yourselves in the Halo universe as Master Chief—anywhere you go and across devices.
Those who follow us here at SG know that we’ve been discussing this plan for a long time now and we agree this is the best direction for Xbox. It makes sense to include xCloud as a feature as it’s something you can’t get on the other platform holders. It also means that you’ll be able to continue to play some of your Xbox games anytime, anywhere which should welcome more players into the ecosystem. Getting excited? Next-gen is right around the corner!