Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will be able to play a limited number of Game Pass games streamed to their phones starting August 11th as part of a new xCloud beta.
“[W]We are entering a limited beta phase to ensure a smooth transition from the cloud gaming experience to the Xbox Game Pass app on Android, ”said a Microsoft spokesman told The edge in a statement. With the beta, users who have subscribed to Game Pass Ultimate will be able to use the service’s existing Android app to stream “a subset of the available titles” to their phones. Thanks to Apple, iPhone users are still unlucky Existing ban on streaming apps for video games in the App Store.
This new functionality for the Game Pass app differs from the existing Project xCloud Preview app, which has been in beta since last year and will be retired on September 11th. If the Game Pass Ultimate streaming starts a few days later on September 15th it will support it somewhere north of 100 gamesincluding the whole gloriole Series as well as things like Ark: survival evolved and Fate 2. It is not yet clear how many of these will be available once tomorrow’s beta starts. Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request from Kotaku for comment.
I’ve tried xCloud now and then since last year with the preview app and were impressed with how well the experience sticks together. Even when the service wasn’t going super smoothly, it was still nice to be able to pick up games on the fly while watching TV or commuting to work to slowly destroy them. If only I could get it on my switch.