Back in July, Microsoft said its game streaming service Project xCloud would be out of preview in September. Well, we now know that the service will be publicly released, and it has a very lengthy list of games that will be ready for download.
In reality, Microsoft is claiming that subscribers will be able to play more than 150 games. Also, the service will no longer be called Project xCloud. In reality, it will not be available as a standalone service at all. The Redmond giant will be bundling the online gaming streaming service with Xbox Season Pass Supreme subscriptions. That says, if you want to download games to your device, you’ll need to sign up for the Xbox Game Pass Supreme.
Unfortunately, the long list of games available on xCloud from tomorrow will not include EA’s Play franchises. Microsoft has confirmed that EA games will be added to Project xCloud, but will not be available until the holidays. But you’re going to have to wait a while.
In the meantime, due to Apple’s App Store, the subscription service will only be available on Cell phones and tablets. Even with Apple ‘s recent policy “relaxation,” the Cupertino giant has rather demands on Microsoft and Google for their game streaming services. Apple wants games that will be available to download to Project xCloud (or Google Stadia) to be sold as standalone bundles in the App Store as well.
Microsoft has so far opted not to do so, calling the switch a “poor user experience.” However, it remains to be seen if Apple is changing its policy to encourage the streaming of gaming content on the iPhone.