When it was announced during the 2018 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), many were skeptical about Microsoft’s Project xCloud. However, it looks like we’re about to see it up and running.
According to a post on the company’s official blog by Phil Spencer, head of Xbox Xbox at Microsoft, as of September, more than 100 games on the Xbox Game Pass can be played via the cloud on mobile phones and tablets, even if they are far from console.
Best of all, the service will have no additional cost to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. The company points out that a stable connection to the internet is enough to be able to play the games available anywhere, from a mobile device.
“Just like you do with the popular movie and music streaming services, when the option to play in the cloud is implemented for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate games, you can keep playing even if you’re far away,” describes Phil.
Finally, the service will be available in “selected countries”. THE Digital Look asked Microsofts about the availability of the service here. However, at the time of this publication, we have received no response.
XCloud is a very interesting initiative, as it allows even the heaviest games to be compatible with more modest devices. That’s because the processing is all done in the cloud, without the need for any hardware compromise.
In addition to the news about cloud games, Phil highlighted some points that reinforce Microsoft’s commitment to players that are part of the Xbox console family.
Although the games released by the company run better on the Xbox Series X, the company’s next console, Microsoft says it will not force the user to switch games, and that it will keep the releases for both generations for a few years.
Even if the user buys a new console, the games purchased will not be lost. Thanks to the backwards compatibility system, the Series X will run thousands of games released for the previous three generations (Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One). According to Phil, this system will be available since “day one” of the launch of the new device. However, this only applies to games that do not use Kinect.
In addition, previously acquired accessories, such as Elite and adaptive controls, can be used in the new generation. This means that it is not necessary to purchase new peripherals with the new console.
Finally, as already announced, we will have Smart Delivery, a system that means that if a game is purchased in the previous generation and is launched for the new generation, the user gets the upgrade at no additional cost. For now, confirmed games with functionality support are: ‘Destiny 2’, ‘Gears 5’ and ‘Halo Infinite’. In addition, ‘Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’, ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ and ‘Marvel’s Avengers’ should also have the option.