Xbox Cloud Gaming Is Now Live on All Xbox Consoles

Starting today, some lucky Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can stream games to their console instead of downloading them. This includes streaming Xbox Series X games to your old and crusty Xbox One. Of course, you can also stream games to your Xbox Series X or S, if you want to take them for a spin before downloading them, saving precious storage space.

Microsoft is slow-rolling this out to users globally with more folks getting access in the coming weeks. To help users differentiate, titles that can be streamed will have a “cloud” icon on the Xbox Store.

Of course, quality will vary depending on your internet connection. Also, if you have a data cap, you may want to be wary.

[Source: Microsoft]

Xbox Game Pass Is ‘Very, Very Sustainable’ According to Phil Spencer

Xbox Executive Vice President Phil Spencer has shared during a press briefing celebrating the Xbox’s 20th anniversary that Game Pass is “very, very sustainable” and is “continuing to grow.” This runs counter to many skeptics who believe that the service must be a loss leader with the goal to build up as many subscriptions as possible.


“I know there’s a lot of people that like to write [that] we’re burning cash right now for some future pot of gold at the end… No. Game Pass is very, very sustainable right now as it sits. And it continues to grow.”

Phil Spencer via Axios

Earlier in the year, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated that Xbox Game Pass has 18 million subscribers, which is nothing to sneeze at. With the highly successful launch of Forza Horizon 5, Halo Infinite coming up next month, and a growing stable of first-party exclusives, as well as 3rd party games, things are looking mighty bright for the service.

[Source: Axios]

So Streaming on Xbox Game Pass Actually Starts August 11

Microsoft has just announced that xCloud and Game Pass Ultimate officially merge September 15. Unofficially, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will get to try the service August 11.

Microsoft has released a statement to The Verge that the the beta opens up August 11, with a pared down library of games.

“As we approach the launch of cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on September 15, we’re entering a limited beta period to ensure a smooth transition of the cloud gaming experience to the Xbox Game Pass app on Android,” explains a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. “Existing Xbox Game Pass (Beta) app users will get the opportunity to test a subset of the available titles as we ready the experience for broader availability next month. This limited beta is critical to providing the best possible experience for members at launch and should not be considered indicative of the final experience or library.”

Microsoft via The Verge

I have a vacation planned next week and now I have to go out and pick up an Android device to try this out away from home. I would use my iPhone or iPad, but Apple is being a shithead.

[Source: Microsoft via The Verge]

Xbox Game Pass and Project xCloud to Merge September 15

Microsoft has announced that its impressive Xbox Game Pass service will be merged with its ambitious xCloud service on September 15.

According to the Microsoft’s official blog, Xbox Wire, “…beginning September 15, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can play more than 100 games from the cloud on their Android phone or tablet.”

Microsoft

So there are some caveats. One needs to be a Game Pass Ultimate subscriber, which is the highest tier at $14.99 per month. Also, you need to have an Android device, which makes you a savage caveman that sends green texts.

With this news Microsoft has announced a slew of compatible xCloud devices for gaming on the go.

Razer Kishi ($100)

PowerA MOGA XP5-X Plus ($70)

8BitDo SN30 Pro ($45)

So finally, we have some interesting gaming related news coming out. It’s not about the Series X, but exciting none-the-less.

[Source: Microsoft]

Microsoft Plans to Offer Combined Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live into $14.99-a-month subscription

According to Twitter User Walking Cat and corroborated by , Microsoft will soon announce an enhanced Xbox Game Pass subscription that will combine Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass into a single monthly payment.

According to The Verge, Microsoft will announce the new combined subscription along with the disc-less Xbox One S Digital Edition either shortly before or during E3 2019 in June.

I’ve been wanting to try out Game Pass, but I could never justify paying for both Game Pass and Xbox Live, but it looks like Microsoft is willing to sweeten the pot for

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Xbox Game Pass to include all new games published by Microsoft Studios

It seems like Microsoft will do just about anything to close the ever widening gap between the Xbox One and Playstation 4.  That is a good thing for Xbox fans.

The Xbox Game Pass is Microsoft’s version of a Netflix like service for games. $10 a month gets you a pretty decent library of games to choose from. I think it’s a pretty good deal if you play a lot of games exclusively on Xbox.

Well, Microsoft is sweetening the pot a bit, if you will, by announcing that all new titles published by Microsoft Studios will be released into Xbox Game Pass on day and date of their global release. That will include highly anticipated games like Sea of Thieves, State of Decay 2 and Crackdown 3. 

At $10 per month, that is a pretty good deal. Enough to close the gap with Sony? Probably not, but at least Microsoft is making decisions that that will resonate with gamers.

Microsoft Announces Xbox Game Pass Service

Microsoft has announced today via the official Xbox Blog, a new service called Xbox Game Pass, that will give gamers access to hundreds of titles for $9.99 per month.

At Xbox, we put gamers at the center of everything we do and remain committed to giving you the freedom to play the games you want, with the friends you want, on the devices you want. This year is shaping up to be an exciting one for gamers. As we prepare to launch Project Scorpio this holiday, bringing the most powerful console ever made to the Xbox One family of devices, we continue to make platform improvements to connect the growing community of players on Xbox Live and add to a robust and diverse portfolio of games across Xbox One and Windows 10.

Today, we’re continuing our commitment to give you more options to diversify and expand your library of games with Xbox Game Pass, a new gaming subscription service coming later this spring. Xbox Game Pass gives you unlimited access to over 100 Xbox One and backward compatible Xbox 360 games – all for $9.99 per month.

Sounds like a Microsoft version of EA Access or a gaming version of Netflix, if you will.

An interesting concept, and at one time, this would’ve resonated with me. I love gaming (obviously), but I can’t see myself using this service to its full potential to justify the cost. I also have concerns over the size of library and quality of the library.

Microsoft promises that new games will be added every month and that subscribers will get additional discounts if you want to purchase game add-ons or DLC. You don’t need to be an Xbox Gold subscriber to sign-up for Game Pass, but you won’t be able to play multiplayer games, which is a bit of a bummer.

Xbox Game Pass is slated for launch Spring 2017.

[Source: http://news.xbox.com/2017/02/28/introducing-xbox-game-pass/#8h280JBK6Rbhe3bw.99%5D

[Source: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/xbox-game-pass%5D