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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate adding Project xCloud game streaming to subscription

Project xCloud comes to Game Pass Ultimate in September

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Microsoft is adding a new perk to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, the subscription that bundles Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass for console and PC, starting in September: Project xCloud. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate’s price of $14.99 per month isn’t changing, Microsoft said.

Project xCloud is Microsoft’s cloud-based streaming technology that lets users play Xbox Game Pass titles on phones and tablet devices. Microsoft announced Project xCloud in October 2018, and the service has been in public testing since September 2019 in some countries. Access to Project xCloud is limited to the U.S., Canada, South Korea, the U.K., and “many countries in western Europe,” according to an FAQ on the Xbox website. The streaming service is currently compatible with Android smartphones and tablets; Microsoft launched a limited test version of xCloud on iOS devices in February.

“With cloud gaming in Game Pass Ultimate, you will be able to play over 100 Xbox Game Pass titles on your phone or tablet,” head of Xbox Phil Spencer said in a post on Xbox Wire. “And because Xbox Live connects all across devices, you can play along with the nearly 100 million Xbox Live players around the world. So when Halo Infinite launches, you and your friends can play together and immerse yourselves in the Halo universe as Master Chief—anywhere you go and across devices.”

More information about Project xCloud is available at the official Xbox website.

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