After several months running beta tests, Microsoft announced that its cloud-based gaming platform xCloud is finally ready to the end customer. The cloud-gaming platform will reach Android devices on September 15. Apart from making the announcement, the company also revealed which are the supported controls.
What is Project xCloud?
For those unaware, Project xCloud is a game streaming service that costs $14.99. It gives users access to a large number of games, in addition to Xbox Live Gold. With this service, players can enjoy Xbox One games straight from their smartphones. The games will run on Microsoft servers and you only need an Android smartphone and a fast internet to play.
If you already have a Game Pass Ultimate subscription, xCloud is already available. You’ll be able to play games like Sea of Thieves, Gears of War 5, The Outer Worlds, Forza Horizon 4, Halo Wars, and many other titles. More than 100 games will be available when the service launches. That also includes non-Microsoft titles.
Unfortunately, the service will be limited to 22 countries when it launches on September 15. The list includes usual regions like USA, Europe, South-Korea and Japan.
Microsoft also revealed that many games available on its service will not require Bluetooth or USB controls. Instead, you’ll be able to use on-screen commands. Each game has a unique set of controls. It does not use a generic HUD like other platforms.
Worth noting that the company is offering support for some third-party controls. After all, having to buy an Xbox controller just to play xCloud would not be the ideal. The list of officially supported controllers include:
- Razer Kishi Universal Mobile Gaming Controller: US$ 99,99
- MOGA XP5-X Plus Bluetooth Controller: US$ 69,99
- MOGA XP7-X Plus Bluetooth Controller: US$ 99,99
- MOGA Mobile Gaming Clip 2: US$ 14,99
- 8BitDo SN30: US$ 44,99
- 8BitDo Mobile Gaming Clips for Xbox Controllers: US$ 14,99
We still have an entire month of waiting to see xCloud in action for Android. We believe that more details about the experience will pop-out in the coming weeks.