TechMicrosoft reveals more details about its’ Netflix for games’service, launch September 15 Posted Tue, August 4, 2020 9:00 AM EDTUpdated Tue, August 4, 2020 10:48 AM EDTRyan Browne @ Ryan_Browne_Share via Share the article via Share the article via LinkedInShare the article via Cloud gaming will be integrated with Xbox Game Pass the app on September 15, allowing users to jump into a game from their smartphone or tablet, players can choose from a selection of over 100 games at launch, including “Destiny 2”, “Gears of War 5”, “Grounded” and “Halo 5.” The possibility of playing games cloud is a growing concept in the $ 150 billion gaming industry.A customer plays on an Xbox xCloud device at the Microsoft store opening on July 11, 2019 in London, England .Peter Summers | Getty Images
Microsoft announced Tuesday that it will launch its Netflix-style cloud gaming service on September 15 as part of a $ 15-per-month subscription package.
The company initially revealed that it will make its xCloud streaming platform a free add-on to its Xbox Game Ultimate service pass last month. Xbox Game Ultimate Pass, which costs $ 15 per month, is the company’s best subscription product and gives gamers access to a catalog of games on their Xbox One console and Windows 10 PCs.
A beta version of Microsoft’s cloud gaming software will be included with Xbox Game Pass the app on September 15, allowing users to jump into a game from their smartphone or tablet. The app will only be available on Android devices and in 22 countries, including the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and South Korea. Microsoft has said it will be coming to PC as well, but there’s no release date for that just yet.
Players will be able to choose from a selection of over 100 games during launch. Microsoft has not revealed all of the titles that will be available, but has shared an initial list of games including “Destiny 2”, “Gears of War 5”, “Grounded”, “Halo 5”, “Minecraft Dungeons” and the upcoming title “Tell Me Why”.
What is cloud gaming?
The ability to play games cloud is a concept that is gaining momentum in the $ 150 billion video game industry.
The technology is often seen as a kind of ‘Netflix for games, “Because it allows Internet users to broadcast games on the Internet on their phone, tablet or PC while the games themselves are run on remote servers. The appeal of this model is that gamers would not have to buy an expensive console or gaming computer to play.
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Competition in the cloud gaming space has intensified in recent times, with Google launching its own streaming platform called Stadia last year. Google’s service met with mixed reviews due to a limited library of games and the fact that many of these titles had to be purchased individually.
Nvidia also released its own platform called GeForce Now, but that ran into issues with developers earlier this year, and Activision Blizzard pulled all of its games of service. Meanwhile, Sony has long offered a cloud gaming subscription service called PlayStation Now, but that’s only available on PlayStation 4 and PC.
In Microsoft’s case, the company will roll out cloud gaming to Android phones and tablets, but not PC or Apple devices to begin with. George Jijiashvili, senior analyst at Omdia, said that while Microsoft was a “force to be reckoned with” in the game streaming market thanks to its Azure cloud technology and its Xbox games brand, the lack of iPhone the support was “a huge …
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