Microsoft has announced it will launch its upcoming game streaming service Project xCloud next month exclusively for Android devices. The service will be bundled alongside the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription along its standard $14.99 USD per month price point, and will offer over 100 Xbox games to play on Android tablets or phones.
According to a statement shared by The Verge, a Microsoft spokesperson stated “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 iOS.”
Although Microsoft hasn’t revealed what Apple policies are keeping xCloud from launching on iOS, the situation is similar to Google Stadia, which is also not available on iPhone and iPad. Many speculate it’s due to Apple’s 30 percent cut of in-app purchases, a policy that has been scrutinized by the House Judiciary Committee as part of a tech antitrust hearing.
Project xCloud will launch in 22 countries next month as a “cloud gaming” feature on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. The service will appear in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The service will launch as a beta before rolling it out worldwide and will partner with Razer, PowerA, 8BitDo, and Nacon to create accessories and controllers compatible with xCloud and mobile devices. The service will include titles like Minecraft Dungeons, Destiny 2, Halo: Master Chief Collection, Dragon: Pole 2, Forza Horizon 4, Gears 5, and more.
Project xCloud will officially be available in the aforementioned countries starting September 15 as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
In related gaming news, Xbox Series X will be compatible with Xbox One controllers.