XCloud

What you need to know

  • Project xCloud is Microsoft's game streaming service.
  • It launched in early access in October.
  • Today, Microsoft announced more games and features coming to the service.
  • Xbox Game Pass will also get the ability to stream games.

With Google Stadia around the corner, Microsoft had to make a splash with Project xCloud game streaming. The company did exactly that at X019. Just now, it was announced that more than 50 new games from 25 partners are being added to the service. For example, you can now play Devil May Cry 5, Madden NFL 20, and even Tekken 7 on the go. These three are great additions because they run at 60 frames per second on the console. The high frame rate should result in a better streaming experience because it further reduces input lag.

The games that are a part of or will be part of Project xCloud are as follows.

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  • Absolver
  • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
  • Ark: Survival Evolved
  • The Bard's Tale IV: Director's Cut
  • Battle Chasers: Nightwar
  • Black Desert Online
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
  • Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
  • Conan Exiles
  • Crackdown 3
  • Darksiders III
  • Dead Island: Definitive Edition
  • Devil May Cry 5
  • F1 2019
  • For the King
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Gears 5
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
  • Hello Neighbor
  • Hitman
  • theHunter: Call of the Wild
  • Just Cause 4
  • Killer Instinct
  • Madden NFL 20
  • Mark of the Ninja: Remastered
  • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
  • Overcooked!
  • Puyo Puyo Champions
  • Rad
  • ReCore: Definitive Edition
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
  • Sniper Elite 4
  • Soulcalibur VI
  • State of Decay 2
  • Subnautica
  • Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition
  • Tekken 7
  • Tera
  • Vampyr
  • Warhammer: Vermintide 2
  • World of Final Fantasy Maxima
  • World of Tanks: Mercenaries
  • World of Warships: Legends
  • World War Z
  • WRC 7
  • WWE 2K20
  • Yoku's Island Express

Since Project xCloud launched in October, Microsoft's focus has been on Android phones. However, that's going to change in 2020. In a press release Windows Central received, the company said, "Next year, we'll bring Project xCloud to Windows 10... and are collaborating with a broad set of partners to make game streaming available on other devices as well." It's unclear what these other devices are, but the fact that you'll be able to stream games on Windows 10 is an incredible step.

There are hundreds of millions of Windows 10 users out there, and not everyone wants to own a console. This is a great way to get them gaming. Hopefully, the quality will hold up on larger displays. In order to make the title work with existing hardware, Microsoft plans to support more Bluetooth controllers like Sony's DualShock 4 and accessories from Razer.

In 2020, Project xCloud will be available in markets such as Canada, India, Japan, and Western Europe. The company also stressed its powerful catalog of games. While Stadia is launching with 12 titles, Microsoft says that "over 3,500 games on Xbox One today and 1,900 games currently in development are already working" on Project xCloud.

After that, the language gets even more interesting. Microsoft ended the press release by saying that in 2020, the company will enable gamers to stream from the cloud games that they "already own or will purchase." It will also add game streaming from the cloud to Xbox Game Pass. Does this mean that you'll be able to stream any game you own on Project xCloud for free? Probably not. However, if game streaming is coming to Xbox Game Pass, does it mean it's part of your subscription? These are questions Microsoft still needs to answer.

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