Microsoft has announced that its game streaming service Project xCloud will launch on September 15th.
As reported by The Verge, Microsoft today announced that its xCloud service will be launching next month exclusively on Android devices and will be bundled as part of the Ultimate Xbox Game Pass subscription at $14.99 a month.
The service, which will allow users to stream games directly to their android devices, will include more than 100 games at launch including Minecraft, Destiny 2, Sea Of Thieves, Gears 5, Yakuza Kiwami 2. More games are expected to be announced closer to the service’s launch.
Project xCloud will launch in 22 countries including the United States, Austria, United Kingdom, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, Sweden, Czech Republic, South Korea, Denmark, Spain, Finland, Slovakia, France, Portugal, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Norway, Ireland, Netherlands, and Italy.
Reports suggest that the Xbox One Bluetooth Wireless controller and the PlayStation 4’s DualShock controller will both be compatible with the service. Microsoft has also partnered up with various tech firms to release additional accessories including a Nintendo Switch-styled split controller, clips, and more.
Unfortunately, Apple users will not be able to use the service on their smartphone devices and tablets, and Microsoft hasn’t given a reason for this strange decision.
In a statement to The Verge, a Microsoft spokesperson said: “It’s our ambition to scale cloud gaming through Xbox Game Pass available on all devices, but we have nothing further to share at this time regarding OS.”
It seems we’ll have a few weeks worth of waiting before we hear anything about Apple compatibility, and, although disappointing, the service may not be ready for Apple devices by launch – we’ll have to wait and see.
The New Xbox Store
Also this week, Xbox unveiled its redesigned Xbox store. The newly designed digital store will be made available tomorrow (Wednesday, August 5th) to users signed to the Xbox Insiders testing programme.
Microsoft has called the redesign “faster, safer, and easier” than the previous store design. What’s more, the redesign reportedly loads in under two seconds on Xbox consoles, much faster than the current design.
It also features an improved search function with new filters, quicker access to the store’s Wish Lists and Shopping Carts, and it now requires users to be signed into their Xbox account before being allowed to browse the store. To further help parents, the store displays the age ratings of video games prominently.
In a blog post announcing the store redesign, Cody Bird, the Principal Program Manager at Xbox, said: “Far more than a typical app update, we’ve rebuilt the experience from the ground up to be faster, safer, and easier to use than ever before. We’re obsessed with getting it right for customers, and we can’t wait for you to see what we’ve been working on.”
At the end of the post, Bird confirmed that more updates are planned for Xbox consoles and more details will be revealed later on.