[GUIDE] : Xbox Cloud Gaming: all you need to know about xcloud Part one

[GUIDE] : Xbox Cloud Gaming: all you need to know about xcloud Part one

It is during E3 2018 that Microsoft will teaser for the first time the arrival of a new way to play in the Xbox ecosystem. A few months later, in October 2018, Project XCloud was formalized by Microsoft. The idea? Play Xbox anywhere, on any medium, and when we want!

[GUIDE] : Xbox Cloud Gaming: all you need to know about xcloud Part one

A few months later, on the sidelines of Google’s arrival in the video game industry with Stadia, Microsoft presented a first technical demonstration of Project XCloud during an Inside Xbox. A first demonstration which will be carried out on Forza Motorsport 4 and which will not be a big success.

Indeed, Microsoft made the rather surprising choice to test the game with all the driving aids activated. Thus, the in-game rendering is not really coordinated with the movements of the tester. Many players will doubt the veracity of this demo, or a pre-recorded demo to avoid a live bug. As it turns out, everything worked fine in real time, but the driver aids misled a lot of the players.

Shortly after this Inside Xbox and this unconvincing demonstration, Phil Spencer announced the launch of private servers to begin testing Project XCloud. The latter announces that in the coming months, public tests will be offered to players.

A few months later, Microsoft approaches XCloud again during E3 2019. The service is thus scheduled to arrive around the world for the month of October of the same year. It was during this event that many journalists from around the world were able to try out Cloud Gaming according to Xbox on games like Gears 5 or Halo 5 Guardians.

From October 2019, the beta version of Project XCloud is launched. Microsoft ensures that thanks to its services such as Game Pass and all Xbox games, the XCloud will be able to offer a library of more interesting games than its competitors like Google Stadia.

THE XCLOUD PROJECT TEST

It was therefore during E3 2019 that we were able to try our first time at the famous Project XCloud on Halo 5 Guardians. A satisfactory first grip, to say the least, which clearly makes you want to test the service even more on other games and in other conditions. To read or re-read our overview and our report on “Cloud Gaming”, do not hesitate to go right here.

At the start of 2020, Project XCloud offered around fifty games compatible with the service. Microsoft ensures that new titles will enrich the content in the coming months. Microsoft ensures the functionality of the service thanks to its 54 Azure Cloud Computing, which are therefore its Cloud servers hosted in no less than 140 countries.

The idea of ​​Project XCloud is to allow Xbox players to start a game on their Xbox One console and to continue this game on Android or iOS mobile devices, thanks to the touch functionality of smartphones or via a Bluetooth controller. Whether it’s the Xbox controller, or even the PlayStation DualShock 4.

Xbox Game Pass in cloud gaming: games, release date, price, everything you need to know

Microsoft has detailed the launch of its cloud gaming service within Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. The opportunity to take stock of Project xCloud.

[GUIDE] : Xbox Cloud Gaming: all you need to know about xcloud Part one

After several years of work, Microsoft is ready to launch into cloud gaming with xCloud. Compatible games, release date in France, price and compatible equipment, we take stock in this complete file.

WHAT IS XCLOUD?

Contrary to what we often hear, Project xCloud does not refer to a specific service, but more broadly to Microsoft’s cloud gaming technology. It allows you to play Xbox One games from the cloud, directly on devices usually unable to run these games. Very concretely, Microsoft is placing a modified version of the Xbox One S in its Azure servers, before possibly starting to install Xbox Series X in 2021.

[GUIDE] : Xbox Cloud Gaming: all you need to know about xcloud Part one

XCloud technology will be used by Microsoft through several services or features. The first possibility offered by the company is to play games from Xbox Game Pass. We can imagine other uses such as the possibility of testing the demo of certain games from the Xbox Store.

Microsoft has not disclosed a trade name for Project xCloud, the technology’s code name. The firm does not want to replace game consoles or the PC with its cloud gaming service, but to offer new access to this catalog of games.

WHAT IS THE RELEASE DATE FOR CLOUD GAMING XBOX? AND IN WHICH COUNTRIES?

Microsoft’s cloud gaming, using Project xCloud, will be offered in beta from September 15, 2020 in 22 countries, including France:

  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • South Korea
  • Denmark
  • Spain
  • United States
  • Finland
  • France
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Norway
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Czech Republic
  • UK
  • Slovakia
  • Sweden

This launch follows a preview period open in a few countries around the world, including France since April 2020.

HOW MUCH DOES ACCESS TO XBOX CLOUD GAMING COST?

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will have free access to a first incarnation of xCloud, in beta. They will then be able to stream certain games from the Game Pass catalog from xCloud compatible devices. Microsoft promises that more than 100 titles will be offered from the launch of this service.

Microsoft may offer other uses of xCloud technology in the long term that can be monetized differently, without going through the Xbox Game Pass. One thinks for example of a “game streaming” subscription which would allow access to games already purchased in dematerialized form on the Xbox Store of the Xbox One, in the manner of what Google Stadia offers in a way. More simply, Microsoft could allow streaming game demos from an Xbox before purchase to avoid unnecessary downloads.

WHAT SPEED IS NEEDED TO PLAY IN THE CLOUD ON XBOX?

Microsoft announces that its xCloud technology requires a connection of at least 10 Mbit / s. The service will be available from launch over Wi-Fi and 4G LTE mobile networks. You just need to test the speed of your Internet connection to make sure you can stream the service’s games correctly.

WHAT ARE THE XBOX GAME PASS CLOUD GAMING COMPATIBLE GAMES?

Microsoft is promising Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will be able to play more than 100 games from launch in cloud gaming. The firm announced the following list of games:

  • A Plague Tale : Innocence
  • Absolve
  • Afterparty
  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall
  • ARK: Survival Evolved
  • ASTRONEER
  • Batman : Arkham Knight
  • Battletoads
  • Battle Chasers: Nightwar
  • Black Desert
  • Blair Witch
  • Bleeding Edge
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  • Bridge Constructor Portal
  • Carrion
  • Children of Morta
  • ClusterTruck
  • Crackdown 3: Campaign
  • Crosscode
  • Darksiders Genesis
  • Darksiders III
  • DayZ
  • the Blob
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Dead Cells
  • Dead Island Definitive Edition
  • Death Squared
  • Deliver us the moon
  • Demon’s Tilt
  • Descenders
  • Destiny 2: Forsaken and Shadowhold expansions (starting September 22)
  • DiRT 4
  • Don’t Starve
  • Double Kick Heroes
  • Drake Hollow
  • Dungeon of the Endless
  • Enter The Gungeon
  • F1 2019
  • Fallout 76
  • Farming Simulator 17
  • Felix the Reaper
  • Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour
  • For the King
  • Forager
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Fractured Minds
  • Frostpunk: Console Edition
  • Gato Roboto
  • Gears of War 1: Ultimate Edition
  • Gears of War 4
  • Gears 5
  • Goat Simulator
  • Golf with Your Friends
  • Grounded
  • Guacamelee! 2
  • Halo 5 : Guardians
  • Halo Wars: Final Edition
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Halo : The Master Chief Collection
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Hello Neighbor
  • Hollow Knight
  • Hot Shot Racing
  • Human Fall Flat
  • Hyperdot
  • Hypnospace Outlaw
  • Indivisible
  • Journey to the Savage Planet
  • Katana ZERO (Coming soon)
  • Killer Instinct Definitive Edition
  • Kona
  • Levelhead
  • Lonely Mountains: Downhill
  • MARVEL VS. CAPCOM: INFINITE
  • Metro 2033 Redux
  • Middle Earth: Shadow of War
  • Minecraft: Dungeons
  • MINUTES
  • Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
  • Moonlighter
  • Mortal Kombat X
  • Mount & Blade: Warband
  • Moving Out
  • Mudrunner
  • Munchkin: Quacked Quest
  • Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
  • My Time At Portia
  • Neon Abyss
  • New Super Lucky’s Tale
  • NieR: Automata
  • Night Call
  • Night in the Woods (Bientôt disponible)
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Nowhere Prophet
  • Observation
  • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Overcooked! 2
  • Oxenfree
  • Pathologic 2
  • Pikuniku
  • Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition
  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
  • ReCore: Definitive Edition
  • Remnant: From the Ashes
  • Resident Evil 7 Biohazard
  • Rise & Shine
  • River City Girls (Coming soon)
  • Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition
  • Sea Salt
  • Secret Neighbor
  • Shadow Warrior 2
  • Slay the Spire
  • Sniper Elite 4
  • Spiritfarer
  • State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition
  • Stellaris
  • Stranger Things 3: The Game
  • Streets of Rage 4
  • Streets of Rogue
  • Subnautica
  • Surviving Mars
  • Tacoma
  • Tell Me Why Chapters 1 to 3
  • Terraria
  • The Bard’s Tale IV: Directors Cut
  • The Bard’s Tale Remastered and Resnarkled
  • The Bard’s Tale Trilogy
  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • The Gardens Between
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 4
  • The Long Dark
  • The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game
  • The Messenger
  • The Outer Worlds
  • The Surge 2
  • The Touryst
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • The Escapists 2
  • The Talos Principle
  • The Turing Test
  • The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – Épisodes 1 à 5
  • The Walking Dead: Michonne – Episodes 1 to 3
  • The Walking Dead: Saison 2
  • theHunter: Call of the Wild
  • Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales
  • Totally Accurate Battle Simulator
  • Totally Reliable Delivery Service
  • Touhou Luna Nights
  • Tracks – The Train Set Game
  • Trailmakers
  • Train Sim World 2020
  • Two Point Hospital
  • Undermine
  • Untitled Goose Game
  • Void B******s
  • Wanderersong
  • Warhammer Vermintide 2 (Coming soon)
  • Wasteland Remastered
  • Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut
  • Wasteland 3
  • We Happy Few
  • West of Dead
  • Wizard of Legend
  • World War Z
  • Worms W.M.D
  • Xeno Crisis
  • Yakuza 0
  • Yakuza Kiwami
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2

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