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Microsoft to Launch its Project xCloud Game Streaming Service Exclusively on Android

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Bundled as part of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription priced at US $14.99 per month, Microsoft will be launching its new game streaming service called ‘Project xCloud’ exclusively on Android devices on September 15 across 22 countries, The Verge is reporting.

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With over 100 games available on Android tablets and phones, Project xCloud will not be available for iPhone and iPad users at launch. “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,” said a Microsoft spokesperson.

While Microsoft has not yet revealed which Apple policies are preventing xCloud from launching on iOS, it must be noted that Google’s Stadia service is also not available on iPhones or iPads.

“The lack of iOS support at launch will be disappointing to iPhone and iPad owners but not exactly surprising. While Microsoft has been testing xCloud on iOS, the company previously revealed its testing was limited due to Apple’s App Store policies.

Valve’s Steam Link app took nearly a year for Apple to approve even though it primarily streams games from your home PC.”

Project xCloud is launching next month in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Some of the game titles available at launch include the following:

  • 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

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