We waited a long time to get more details about Microsoft’s Project xCloud and today we got them. It looks like Microsoft is preparing to launch Project xCloud later this year and, when it does, it will not be offered as a separate paid service. Instead, Microsoft today revealed that Project xCloud will be offered as part of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate can best be described as a complete package of Microsoft services. Game Pass Ultimate includes Xbox Live Gold subscriptions and the Xbox Game Pass console and PC versions for $ 14.99 per month. If you play between the two platforms, it’s a good deal, as it saves about $ 10 off the cost of paying for the three subscriptions separately.
The deal is about to get a little sweeter, as Microsoft is adding Project xCloud to Game Pass Ultimate at no additional cost. This will happen in September “in supported countries”, although Xbox boss Phil Spencer did not share a list of those support countries in his Xbox Wire announcement today.
Apparently, Project xCloud will also be compatible with most – if not all – of the Game Pass library. “With cloud games on Game Pass Ultimate, you’ll be able to play more than 100 Xbox Game Pass titles on your phone or tablet,” wrote Spencer. It is unclear whether all Game Pass games will be compatible with xCloud, so we will have to wait at Microsoft for more information in this area.
Many eyes will be on Project xCloud when it launches in September. At this point, Sony, Google and Microsoft will have their own game streaming platforms available, each with different monetization models. It will be interesting to see how xCloud behaves as part of the Xbox Game Pass, mainly because Stadia has not yet achieved what Google expected. We’ll let you know when Spencer and his Xbox team share more. Stay tuned.