We already knew that Xbox Game Pass Ultimate would bring with it the possibility of playing on mobile phones through the cloud and at no additional cost beyond the 12.99 euros that this option cost. Project xCloud was already active in provisional version for a limited number of people, but It will be on September 15 when the new beta version of the service will start in 22 countries -including Spain-, as announced by Kareem Choudhry, one of the people in charge of Project xCloud, on the Xbox blog.
The idea was that the more than one hundred games that the service has in the Ultimate option for Xbox and PC could be enjoyed on Android mobiles and tablets, and Choudhry has confirmed that it will, with the announcement of titles such as ‘Minecraft Dungeons’, ‘Destiny 2’, ‘Tell Me Why’, ‘Gears 5’ or ‘Yakuza Kiwami 2’, plus others that will be revealed when it approaches the date. Xbox insists on a commitment to make all new Xbox Game Studios games part of Xbox Game Pass from day one, which would include cloud play.
These are the games confirmed to date:
- Ark: Survival Evolved
- Bleeding Edge
- Costume Quest 2
- Crackdown 3 (campaign)
- Destiny 2
- F1 2019
- Forza Horizon 4
- Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
- Gears of war 4
- Gears 5 Ultimate Edition
- Halo 5: Guardians
- Halo Wars: Definitive Edition
- Halo Wars 2
- Halo: The Master Chief Collection
- Halo: Spartan Assault
- Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
- Killer Instinct Definitive Edition
- Max: The Curse of Brotherhood
- Minecraft Dungeons
- The Outer Worlds
- Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps
- Quantum break
- ReCore: Definitive Edition
- Ryse: Son of Rome
- Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition
- State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition
- Sunset Overdrive
- Super Lucky’s Tale
- Tell me why
- The Bard’s Tale Trilogy
- Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut
- Wasteland 3
- Wasteland remastered
- Yakuza Kiwami 2
And these are the requirements you will need to launch Project xCloud:
- A Microsoft account and an Xbox gamertag
- Game Pass Ultimate service subscription
- An Xbox controller or compatible
- Device with Android 6.0 or higher and also Bluetooth version 4.0.
- WiFi connection of at least 5 Ghz with 10 Mbps download
- The Microsoft Xbox Game Pass App
Choudhry has taken the opportunity to remember that all the characteristics of the Xbox profiles (lists of friends, achievements, settings and, of course, saved games) will be preserved when moving to mobile game. This is clearly one of the big bets of Xbox for this generation, ahead perhaps of the technical power of the console, and leaves Sony in a position, if there is no last minute technical revelation, in which it has its overwhelming catalog of exclusives as the only decisive weapon in this confrontation.
And some accessories
Xbox has taken advantage of the announcement of the date to show a few devices that will facilitate mobile gaming. The Razer Kishi, for example, has all the features of an Xbox controller, including sticks and crosshead., but allows the insertion of Android smartphones. Similar features have a remote control proposed by PowerA in which you can insert an Android smartphone, but also play with the screen of the mobile or tablet remotely, held with a support. It will be available at the end of the year.
Also from PowerA is the more traditional MOGA XP5-X Plus, which has the typical clamp to hold the mobile in front of a traditional Xbox controller. It connects via Bluetooth and allows button remapping and charging of the phone itself. It will also be available from September 15. The announced devices are completed with an 8BitDo retro air clamp remote control and some SteelSeries wireless headphones.