Microsoft Combining Project xCloud and Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft announced Project xCloud and Xbox Game Pass are getting bundled together into one service later this year.

In a recent Xbox Wire post, Xbox head Phil Spencer announced Project xCloud is being merged with the Xbox Game Pass at no additional cost starting in September. Spencer also re-affirmed Xbox's commitment to bringing all Xbox Studios games to both the Xbox One and Xbox Series X for a while yet.

Project xCloud is Microsoft's version of Google Stadia. It lets you stream your Xbox games to your Android phone or Android tablet, but not iOS, for obvious reasons. And it works very well too.

The goal is giving Xbox players as many ways as possible to enjoy their games and connect with others. Spencer said:

With cloud gaming in Game Pass Ultimate, you will be able to play over 100 Xbox Game Pass titles on your phone or tablet. And because Xbox Live connects across devices, you can play along with the nearly 100 million Xbox Live players around the world.

Spencer earlier said there would be no pressure on consumers to upgrade to the Xbox Series X, despite the XSX boasting superior performance over the Xbox One. And he reiterated that commitment again, saying:

...Xbox Game Studios titles we release in the next couple of years—like Halo Infinite — will be available and play great on Xbox Series X and Xbox One. We won’t force you to upgrade to Xbox Series X at launch to play Xbox exclusives.

And all Xbox Studios games will head to the Game Pass on day one.

Despite all we know about the Xbox Series X, we haven't seen much in the way of first-party games yet, though that's about to change on July 23 with the Xbox Games Showcase. Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Xbox Series X news as it develops.

[Source: Xbox Wire]


Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Platforms Xbox OneSeries X
Published Jul. 16th 2020

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