Microsoft's Project xCloud to launch in September
Microsoft’s Project xCloud will officially launch in September this year. The cloud gaming service had been in beta trials since October last year and in select regions like the US, UK and South Korea.
Project xCloud brings console gaming to smartphones and tablets, and it all happens in the cloud. An Xbox controller is required for Project xCloud, but there’s no touch controls at the moment. Project xCloud public trials launched for Android last year with iOS getting support earlier this year. Microsoft launched Project xCloud with Halo 5: Guardians, Gears 5, Killer Instinct, and Sea of Thieves.
Microsoft’s Phil Spencer made the announcement for Project xCloud while updating new details on the Xbox Series X. Project xCloud will work with the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription which means players will have access to over 100 Xbox Game Pass titles. The entire package costs $15 per month and it features Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass.
Since Project xCloud works with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, players will be able to continue their game from wherever they left off on any of their devices. Microsoft hasn’t revealed the list of countries where Project xCloud will be available when it launches in September. It’s safe to say that countries where the public trials are active will get the service. Microsoft also hasn’t detailed which devices will support Project xCloud at launch.
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced its partnership with Samsung for cloud gaming. Project xCloud is being tested on Samsung smartphones. Microsoft also confirmed it will bring Project xCloud in India with Reliance Jio.