The gift that keeps on giving, just keeps on giving
From September, all Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will receive access to their games on the go with Project xCloud, all included with their Xbox Game Pass subscription.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions will include support for the Project xCloud game streaming service from this September.
Announced by Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer in a blog post, Game Pass Ultimate members will automatically be entitled to Project xCloud services at no extra cost. It means subscribers can play over 100 included titles on phones and tablets - including the upcoming Halo Infinite upon its release. xCloud game streaming includes cross-saving, meaning you can theoretically play Halo Infinite on a console at home, and pick it back up on your mobile device elsewhere.
A couple of points remain unclear. For a start, it's not totally clear whether the xCloud integration is a full subscription to the upcoming streaming service, or if it applies only to games included in Game Pass. The combined Game Pass Ultimate and xCloud membership will only be available in "supported countries", which also remain unspecified at time of writing.
When asked for comment on both of these points, a Microsoft spokesperson said, “We’ll share specifics as we get closer to launch.”
Project xCloud is Xbox's game streaming service, which will eventually allow users to play Xbox games across multiple, non-Xbox devices using remote servers. After an early xCloud hands-on, we called the service an "impressive first step towards a “portable” rendition of Xbox One that allows you to bring console gaming anywhere."