We now have an official date as to when xCloud will first roll out to the masses. On September 15th, xCloud will officially launch on Android devices in 22 markets. Players will be able to play over 100 titles according to the press release and as we’ve discussed before, it will function the exact same way as if you were playing on a console or PC. Meaning, your Live profile, achievements, saves, friends, etc… all come with you.
When cloud gaming launches as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, players will have access to more than 100 high-quality games playable from the cloud, including Minecraft Dungeons, Destiny 2, Tell Me Why, Gears 5, Yakuza Kiwami 2, and more. And as we’ve committed to providing day-one access to new titles from Xbox Game Studios as part of Xbox Game Pass, it’s our intent to make those same games available in the cloud from the day they release. We’ll have more to share about the full catalog of games as we approach launch.
As the world around us changes and entertainment is readily available no matter the device, it’s our vision to make games accessible in a variety of scenarios. All the experiences you expect on Xbox and your gaming profile travel with you on mobile, including your friends list, achievements, controller settings, and saved game progress.
Being able to take your games on the go via any device is the future and Xbox is leading the way here. We’ve talked about xCloud extensively and have enjoyed our time with it. While it’s certainly not a replacement for gaming on a console connected to a TV, it’s a very nice addition to the suite of features for Xbox players.