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Find out how to get early access to xCloud

We are about to either witness or engage in the next major shift in gaming. It will be untethered from the bounds of the past where words like “exclusive” will be lost forever. Words like “cross-platform” and “cross-play” will live on. A future where consoles, PC’s, Tablets and phones are all part of the modern gaming experience.

While the next-generation super consoles are a huge leap in technological advancements which enable game developers to imagine new and less hardware restricted worlds, but in the future of gaming you don’t necessarily need to own one of the next-gen super-consoles. Find out how and when you can get started with xCloud below.

Get Started

Starting August 11th, Xbox Game Pass subscribers can play 100+ games via the Xbox Game Pass beta app from the Google Play Store, link below.

About Xbox Game Pass

The “Netflix of Gaming” era is upon us, we can now choose from vast libraries of games and play them on a larger number of devices than ever before. While Sony only enables PlayStation game streaming on PS4 and PC, Microsoft lowers the barriers to its vast Xbox and PC game library by enabling the games to be played across Xbox, PC and soon on tablets and phones when xCloud comes to Games Pass Ultimate.

Microsoft’s partnership with Samsung could result in Xbox Game Streaming, aka xCloud on Samsung Smart TV’s. Microsoft even lists TV as a platform in this statement “When you add it all up, Xbox Series X is the only next generation console that lets you play new blockbuster games at the highest console fidelity, enjoy the latest blockbuster games the day they launch for one monthly price, play four generations of your games at higher fidelity than ever before, and play with friends wherever you want across your TV, PC, and mobile device.”

While Samsung usually tries to match Apple on nearly every digital service with one of their own, recently Samsung has partnered with Microsoft and replaced their own cloud storage service with OneDrive amongst other offerings. While Apple has its Arcade gaming subscription, Samsung and Microsoft could include something like a 6-month free-trial of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate with future Samsung device like the upcoming Galaxy Note 20 and so on.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Cloud Gaming

Microsoft is removing nearly all existing barriers to playing console level games. Don’t have an Xbox, play on your PC, don’t have a PC, play on your Tablet, don’t have a tablet, play on your phone. Microsoft is even enabling touch controls so a user doesn’t necessarily need a controller to get started.

Apple’s app Store restrictions

Unfortunately, the only barrier that Microsoft cannot control is Apple’s App Store rules, which is currently forcing Microsoft’s Xbox Game Streaming app in TestFlight, to only have one game available on Apple iOS devices, Halo: Master Chief Collection, which is actually 5-games in one. While Apple Arcade is a game subscription service, it is locked to Apple devices only, thus restricting gamer’s hardware choices.

Backwards Compatibility

Microsoft is committed to Xbox Game Pass and is promising that “All Xbox Game Studios titles launch into Xbox Game Pass the same day as their global release.” Microsoft reiterated that Halo Infinite will be on Xbox Game Pass at launch.

Microsoft isn’t forcing gamers into the next-generation hardware, the company is making next-gen games like Halo Infinite for Xbox Series X and Xbox One/S/X. The company is also committed to backwards compatibility and re-confirmed that they want all Xbox One games playable on Xbox Series X. Backwards compatibility isn’t limited to just games either, the company confirmed that Xbox accessories will work on Xbox Series X.

Smart Delivery

Xbox Smart Delivery allows you to play your existing games or Xbox Series X games on Xbox One/S/X and then bring them with you to Xbox Series X when you decide to upgrade at no additional cost. Not all games will support Smart Delivery, it is totally up to the developer to support it, but games like Destiny 2, Gears 5, Halo Infinite, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Cyberpunk 2077 and Marvel’s Avengers have committed to Smart Delivery.

Xbox Play Anywhere

The Xbox Play Anywhere platform feature furthers Microsoft’s commitment to the “buy once play anywhere” strategy. xCloud will enable AAA console and PC’s titles to reach gamers anywhere and on any device.

Xbox All Access

Xbox All Access gets you an Xbox Series X and Games Pass Ultimate for just one interest-free monthly payment.

xCloud

xCloud on Surface Pro X

Microsoft confirmed that xCloud will be included with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription which will enable gamers to play AAA console games on devices like Surface Pro X, Android Tablets and Phones.

Microsoft could win the console wars by playing the larger platform game with Xbox Game Pass and deliver the best gaming experience to everywhere instead of just to a console.

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