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Xbox Project xCloud game streaming to support existing purchases and Xbox Game Pass in 2020

Xbox Game Pass at Gamescom 2018
Xbox Game Pass at Gamescom 2018 (Image credit: Matt Brown / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • A lot of new details about Project xCloud were revealed at X019.
  • Games you already own will show up on Project xCloud in 2020.
  • Project xCloud will also expand to 2020.
  • It's unclear how much still service will cost still.

Today at X019, Microsoft detailed additions to Project xCloud like 50 new games, more supported controllers, and expansions to countries like India and Japan. However, a small little tidbit may have been overlooked.

In 2020, it seems like the Project xCloud preview is getting games you already own. Again, it's unclear how much this is going to cost once the service launches. Additionally, Xbox Game Pass is also going to support cloud streaming, but again, it's unclear if this is going to be part of the $10 per month fee.

We believe in the freedom to play and the freedom to choose. In 2020 we will enable gamers to stream from the cloud Xbox games that they already own or will purchase. We will also add game streaming from the cloud to Xbox Game Pass. Gamers will be free to discover, choose, and play their favorite games anywhere and everywhere.

We'll keep you posted as soon as we know more. We're reached out to Microsoft for comment. What sort of a business model would you be interested in? Let us know.

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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

  • Does this mean all owned titles or just the ones allowed to stream?
  • I'm like you I didn't understand what it meant. I'll just wait for more information.
  • Yeah, I honestly don't know, the way they are drip feeding information about xCloud is rather annoying. I really, really want this service to be amazing but without knowing if all my games will work, or even how much it's going to cost, it's hard to get excited (that and my country isn't in the next batch to get the beta either). At the very least it confirms that all Game Pass games will be available on xCloud, although will they continue to be available once they leave Game Pass? As an aside, this also tells me that xCloud is going to be a subscription, plus you buy games. In much the same way that Stadia is handling their Pro service. But I guess there will also be games tied to xCloud itself that you won't need to have paid for Game Pass, or purchased seperately?
  • It's currency in beta. That's why games are coming slowly. But in beta they now already have more ganes (over 50) than the official real Stadia Launch. There has been 0 info or any talk of Xcloud being a subscription service. Currently its free. And we have confirmation now that the entirity of Gamepass is coming soon to Xcloud as well. So if a game comes to Gamepass it will be playable on Xcloud. That's as much as we know confirmed. Anything else is just speculation.
  • I'm thinking it is probably the latter. They said before that they want to give the ability to allow game makers to choose if they are on the service or not. One would hope this is most games and only a select few opt out. If this is indeed the plan it makes sense because it would allow them to stream games without having to pay for streaming licenses as players are just playing titles they own and probably are offered on GP.
  • And there is the bombshell.
  • Quite editorial note, you need to fix up some grammatical errors in the third (this one actually just seems odd, it's like you're saying that xCloud is going to still be around after 2019, which is kind of a given) and fourth dot points.