Xbox has released more information on Microsoft’s upcoming Project xCloud release, announcing that from the 15th of September, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members in 22 countries will be able to play more than 100 games on their Android devices at no additional cost.
Unfortunately for local Xbox fans, the cloud gaming beta will not be available in the Australian market during the initial release, with Xbox stating that they are attempting to “ensure stability as we scale the feature to millions of gamers” through the first 22 countries.
Starting September 15th, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will be able to play more than 100 games on their Android devices through cloud gaming.
Xbox has stated that their vision for Project xCloud is to allow gamers to play whatever they want, wherever they want, and with whoever they want, and their new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate cloud feature is a step towards achieving their goal.
The beta launch for cloud gaming on Android devices will be 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.
Xbox tells gamers to expect all the same experiences they have on Xbox and their gaming profiles, including their friends list, achievements, controller settings, and saved game progress.
While the complete list will be available on September 15th, Xbox announced some of the playable games for the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members, including titles like Minecraft Dungeons, Destiny 2, Ark: Survival Evolved, Forza Horizon 4, Halo 5: Guardians, Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition, Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition, Wasteland Remastered, and Yakuza Kiwami 2.
Before you leave the house, be sure to do the updated pat down. Phone? Check. Wallet? Check. Controller? Check.@XboxGamePass Ultimate is going mobile, and so can you: https://t.co/ew0TlXrixV pic.twitter.com/uGviFMgyBG
— Xbox (@Xbox) August 4, 2020
Alongside the list of some of the games that will be made available through cloud gaming, Microsoft has introduced a bunch of accessories designed for Xbox mobile gaming, created through partnerships with Razer, PowerA, 8BitDo, SteelSeries, and Nacon. These accessories include:
- The Razer Kishi Universal Mobile Gaming Controller for Android, an ergonomic controller perfect for a FPS or racing game with pass-through charging for player’s smartphones so they can charge while they play. The Razer Kishi Xbox version also includes a fourteen day free trial membership to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. The Xbox Razer Kishi is available for $99.99 USD.
- PowerA’s MOGA XP5-X Plus Bluetooth Controller, a Xbox-style controller with the addition of Bluetooth and a detachable phone clip, is the perfect accessory to play on-the-go, with an integrated rechargeable power bank. PowerA are also developing the PowerA MOGA XP7-X Plus Bluetooth Controller for mobile and cloud gaming, compatible with most Android mobile and tablet devices as well as the PC. Gamers will also be able to snap up the MOGA Mobile Gaming Clip 2, which will fix Xbox Wireless Controllers, including the Xbox Series X. The MOGA XP5-X is available for $69.99 USD, while the XP7-X will be priced at $99.99 USD, leaving the mobile gaming clip to sell for a tidy &14.99 USD.
- 8BitDo are bringing the SN30 Pro to the table for Android devices, a compact Bluetooth controller compatible with all Android devices. They specialise in Precision Software, and it shows through the great customisation options for gamers using the SN30 Pro. 8BitDo are also launching mobile gaming clips for Xbox Controllers, available for a variety of Xbox Wireless controllers and including an easy-to-use 2-axis adjustable positioning. The SN30 will be available from September 21 for $44.99 USD, while the clip will launch for $14.99 USD.
- SteelSeries is partnering with Xbox to release the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless for Xbox, a 4-in-1 gaming headset with a compact USB-C dongle perfect for high-performance audio on-the-go. This amazing headset is available for $99.99 USD.
Some accessories are still in the developmental stages, including the product of the Nacon partnership.
Gamers will also be able to play with their Xbox One Bluetooth Wireless controllers or their PlayStation DualShock 4 controllers.
For the first month subscription is only $1, and then subscription is $14.99 USD per month. Learn more about Xbox Game passes here, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate cloud gaming here, and the new accessories here.
The release date for the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate cloud gaming addition in Australia has not been confirmed.