Microsoft is not joking around: gaming via the cloud will start on Android soon, and there’s a small trick here…
The Redmond-based company announced that from September 15, over a hundred games will be playable on Android in Project xCloud without any extra cost if you are an (Xbox) Game Pass Ultimate subscriber. (They seem to slowly phase out the Xbox name, as we mentioned recently.) A few playable examples: Destiny 2, Gears 5, Minecraft Dungeons, Tell Me Why, Yakuza: Kiwami 2. The Xbox Game Studios titles will all be available on Project xCloud from day 1. The full game list will be revealed at a later date (possibly during Gamescom’s digital replacement…?).
Your friends list, achievements, controller settings, and save game progress travel with you on mobile. It means you can switch between platforms without any complications, making it a comfortable option to go from console to mobile in case you need to leave your home. No extra settings or tinkering will be required, as it will be automatic. Microsoft also announced the Designed for Xbox mobile accessories product line, which is detailed here. A few examples: Razer Kishi for the two sides of your phone (a la Nintendo Switch), PowerA MOGA XP5-X Plus and XP7-X Plus controllers, 8bitDo SN30 Pro controller, SteelSeries Arctis 9X headset. PowerA and 8bitDo will also provide controller clips.
„If you’re wondering what to do with your DualShock 4 controllers, just use them for [Project] xCloud. Microsoft will continue to support them for next-gen Xbox games,” Tom Warren, The Verge’s senior editor, wrote on Twitter. It’s a response to Sony announcing that only certain PlayStation 5 games will support the DualShock 4, namely those that were originally on PlayStation 4, making the DualSense effectively obligatory for PlayStation 5-exclusive titles.
So Microsoft tries to have solid moves, but the availability of the Project xCloud isn’t that good yet at the moment.
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