Random: I played Sea of Thieves via Xbox Cloud Gaming on a pirate ship IRL

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Sea Of Thieves Xcloud (Image credit: Jez Corden / Windows Central)

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I recently went on vacation to the Baltic Sea in North Germany. You'd think while on vacation I'd do vacation-y things, like relax, soak in some rays, avoid technology, and so on. Alas, that was not the case.

I recently picked up a Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, and used this unique opportunity in the land of "outside" to do some real-world testing. At one point during the trip, I found myself on a sailboat, awash with fresh ocean air, grog in hand. While photographing the stunning views and soaking in the atmosphere, I found my mind wandering — to gaming. There's something about the real world that is just a tad disheartening, and Microsoft knows it, which is why they're working on technology to let me escape the real world at every possible opportunity. Thanks, Xbox Cloud Gaming!

Sea Of Thieves Sea Cloud Xbox (Image credit: Jez Corden / Windows Central)

Ocean Trip Jez 2021 (Image credit: Jez Corden / Windows Central)

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While I figured Xbox Game Pass cloud wouldn't work at sea, the range of the local 5G masts around the coast defied my expectations. Admittedly, I wasn't exactly in the open ocean, but even a few kilometres out I was able to reliably fumble around on Sea of Thieves and Pillars of Eternity using the touch controls. I managed to smash some dragons in Pillars before I decided it was probably best to stop gaming and actually spend some time vacationing like an adult, uploading my save files back to the cloud to pick up and continue later.

Playing cloud games at sea might be a niche scenario, but it was a fun reminder of how far Xbox can reach beyond its typical install base with this technology. As connectivity improves across the globe, Microsoft has an opportunity to tap into an entire generation of gamers who grew up playing on their phones and tablets, rather than their TVs. And hey, maybe it'll also help save people from a lame family camping trip or two here and there.

Jez Corden
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12 Comments
  • Such a great service!
  • Random: I was captaining my own porcelain vessel while reading this WC article about pirating a ship.
  • That's awesome haha
  • It is a great service, what case do you use with your Fold 3 sir?
  • I got one free with Samsung, but I didn't like how it didn't fit properly when it was folded flat, so I got the snap-on leatherette case from Samsung instead. I bought some cheaper third-party ones of Amazon, but they just sucked. The Samsung ones are expensive... but at least they actually fit properly haha.
  • Take a look at the Spigen Slim Armor Pro. I'm using it on mine and love it. Typically outstanding Spigen fit/quality, but admittedly a tad pricey. Spigen Slim Armor Pro [Hinge Coverage] Designed for Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G Case (2021) - Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0938VVGDQ/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_KNQMDRZ7R...
  • oh cheers, that looks really good. when i was at the beach some sand got into the hinge... made scary "crunch" noises......loooool this case would've probably solved that
  • At first I thought "Somalia?" and then I saw the picture.
  • GamePass cloud gaming is great and all but I feel like you should probably enjoy the time on the pirate ship rather than having your head in your phone...
  • Well of course, but where's the article then. I bet he just played a bit (didn't read the full article because I'm in a bit of an "IRL pirate ship" myself)
  • I only played for about 15 minutes to test it out. The rest of the 2+ hours I was drinking and having fun, but thought I'd share this with you all.
  • All I got is playing Assassin's Creed Black Flag and the better looking pre-release version of Watchdogs on a pirate ship.... It was an Ubisoft event at SDCC a few years back. They even offered free alcohol and shaves (yes, as in they had people shaving faces) It was a good time.