Microsoft to have more than 150 xCloud games on launching tomorrow
Microsoft has told it’s customers today that the company will have more than 150 games to stream through its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription service tomorrow. Previously known as xCloud, the game streaming feature will lunch on September 15th for Android tablets and phones.
xCloud will be included in the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate as a game streaming feature. Microsoft is launching an update to the Xbox Game Pass app on Android in 22 countries tomorrow, including 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.
Not included in the list of 150 games are EA’s Play titles. Microsoft said last week that it’s including EA Play to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, but the games won’t be ready on xCloud until later this holiday.
Microsoft is also trying to improve xCloud with touch controls for games. The first title to launch with touch controls will be Minecraft Dungeons, having support for controlling same way big controls are on-screen.
Sadly, xCloud won’t be available on iPhones or iPads initially, because of Apple’s previously blocking services like xCloud. Apple extended an olive branch to Microsoft last week, permitting game streaming services like xCloud or Stadia to exist on iOS or iPadOS with a big catch. The thing is that Apple wants companies like Microsoft to individually submit their games as separate apps using its streaming tech.
Microsoft expressed unhappiness over the requirement, but it’s not clear if the company may eventually package up some games and stream them on iPhone or iPad devices. Microsoft tagged Apple’s move “a bad experience for customers,” insisting that streaming movie or song apps don’t have to put individual content into its own apps.