Microsoft has given the green light for its subscription-based online video game service, Project xCloud, on September 15.
Microsoft will finally launch Project xCloud, its imminent game streaming service, on September 15. The project, as it had been announced, will be included as part of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, at a price of 12.99 euros per month, with the promise of more than 100 games exclusively available for Android systems.
“We seek expand the scale of cloud gaming through Xbox Game Pass available on all devices, but we have nothing else to share at the moment when it comes to iOS, “a Microsoft spokesperson told The Verge.
It will be launched in 22 countries, including Spain, as a beta version while Microsoft works to scale it globally, although the purchase facilities will be available several days before, on September 11. As confirmed by the company, Versions to be published on the Korean One Store and Galaxy Store for Samsung users globally will include “in-app purchase capabilities”, which suggests that the Google Play Store version will not.
Within the development of this macroproject, Microsoft has also partnered with Razer, PowerA, 8BitDo, and Nacon to create accessories and controllers that are xCloud ready. The alliance reaches such points that even Sony DualShock 4 controllers can be used, historic competitor, to play on xCloud.
Although it has not yet detailed the 100+ games that will be available for game streaming, Microsoft has provided a list of 36 titles that will reach the platform at some point —It is not known if in launch period. They are as follows:
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 Grounded 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
Apple’s complicated history with video game services
Thus, iPhone and iPad will have to wait a little longer to enjoy the xCloud package, although it is not too surprising. Knowing about this delay, rumors of incompatibility and lack of understanding between the streaming service and iOS are confirmed, where their first approaches had collided head-on with Apple’s restrictive App Store policies.
Although Microsoft has not disclosed what are Apple’s policies that prevent xCloud from launching on iOS, the context of other portals suggests that the problem could arise from the company of the bitten apple itself, since the Stadia service (Google) did not meet the deadlines on iPhone and iPad either.
For its part, Valve’s Steam Link application took almost a year to be approved by Apple, despite the fact that its main function was limited to transferring games from the PC. In the litigation, the company vetoed the Steam app and now, almost two years later, actions like this have led it to testify before the US House of Representatives, where it is accused of abuse of monopoly.
This article was published in Business Insider Spain by Luis Casal.