Microsoft has announced that its cloud video game service will debut in September as a feature available to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers.
PLAY OVER 100 XBOX GAMES
Phil Spencer, Xbox team head said, "We're bringing Xbox Game Pass and Project xCloud together at no additional cost for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members. With cloud gaming in Game Pass Ultimate, you will be able to play over 100 Xbox Game Pass titles on your phone or tablet."
Ultimate subscribers will be able to access a library of games for play on Xbox consoles or Windows powered computers.
CONSOLES FACE THREAT FROM CLOUD GAMING
"Cloud gaming in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate means your games are no longer locked to the living room. And just like you do with your movie and music streaming services, when cloud gaming launches into Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you can continue your game wherever you left off on any of your devices," Spencer said.
Pricing has yet to be announced but the release date was confirmed for the Christmas holiday season next year, when Sony's PlayStation 5 console is also scheduled to come out.
The current PlayStation 4 has outsold Xbox by more than two to one. Microsoft hopes to take the battle back to Sony which has yet to give any technical details for its own new console. Consoles face a potential threat from the advent of cloud gaming.
FUTURE OF GAMING
Google launched its Stadia streaming service allowing game play on any Internet connected device last year.
Sony Interactive Entertainment has a PlayStation Now service that combines cloud gaming and title downloads that is synched to its latest generation consoles and Windows powered personal computers.
The case of having game titles sit on powerful servers in the cloud could allow for unprecedented features such as thousands of people playing simultaneously.
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