Microsoft xCloud Game Streaming service is all set to launch on September 15, 2020. The Android exclusive launch marks company’s efforts to finally venture into the evolving space of mobile gaming.

Microsoft’s Project xCloud service will be a part of the company’s Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. The game pass has been set a monthly price of $14.99. It would offer subscribers with access to over 100 games on Android smartphones and tablets.

The game streaming service would initially be launched in 22 countries including US, UK,  Canada, Italy, France, Spain, South Korea and Switzerland. Furthermore, the xCloud services will also be available to Android users in Austria, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Poland, Portugal, Ireland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Germany and Finland.

Furthermore, ahead of the launch, Microsoft will also be ending its free xCloud preview on September 11, 2020. The updated version of the Xbox Game Pass app with Microsoft xCloudgame streaming service will be released on September 15.

What To Expect from Microsoft xCloud Game Streaming?

Additionally, it seems likely that the Google Play Store version of the app will not includein-app purchase capabilities. However, the Galaxy Store version for Samsung and One Store version in South Korea will both offer the in-app purchase feature.

The tech giant owning Xbox consoles will also collaborate with 8BitDo, Nacon, Power A and Razer to for controllers and accessories compatible with the xCloud. Moreover, players can also use their Xbox One or Sony’s Dual Shock 4 controllers to access xCloud games.

We don’t have a complete list of the Microsoft xCloud games yet but the company has officially confirmed the following game titles for the xCloud –

  1. F1 2019
  2. Destiny 2
  3. Grounded
  4. Bleeding Edge
  5. Gears of War 4
  6. Forza Horizon 4
  7. Costume Quest 2
  8. The Outer Worlds
  9. Ark: Survival Evolved
  10. Crackdown 3 (campaign)
  11. Gears 5 Ultimate Edition
  12. Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
  13. Halo Wars 2
  14. Halo 5: Guardians
  15. Halo: Spartan Assault
  16. Halo Wars: Definitive Edition
  17. Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  18. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  19. Killer Instinct Definitive Edition
  20. Max: The Curse of Brotherhood
  21. Quantum Break
  22. Ryse: Son of Rome
  23. Minecraft Dungeons
  24. ReCore: Definitive Edition
  25. Wasteland 3
  26. Wasteland Remastered
  27. Yakuza Kiwami 2
  28. S Tell Me Why
  29. unset Overdrive
  30. Super Lucky’s Tale
  31. The Bard’s Tale Trilogy
  32. Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut
  33. Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition
  34. State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition
  35. Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  36. Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition

However, it is worth noting that the Microsoft xCloud game streaming service won’t offer iOS support at the time of its launch. Interestingly, xCloud’s rival Google Stadia service is also unavailable on iPads and iPhones.

 The Verge reported that a company official has said, “It’s our ambition to scale cloud gaming through Xbox Game Pass available on all devices, but we have nothing further to share at this time regarding iOS.”

The tech giant had tested its game streaming service for iOS too. But it was cited that the iOS testing was limited due to the Apple’s stricter App Store policies. While we don’t yet know about the details, several game streaming services reportedly struggle with getting on to the App Store.

It is still unknown that which of the specific policies are hindering gaming services includingMicrosoft xCloud game streaming service from getting on to the iOS. But, it is noteworthy that in the recent antitrust hearing against tech firms, Apple was also questioned by the House Judiciary Committee over its large 30 percent cut in the in-app purchases.