Microsoft’s cloud gaming service, Project xCloud, will be accessible to everyone (or almost) from September 15. The service will continue to be in beta for the moment, which explains – in part – that it does not yet have a name of its own and that it will necessarily be necessary to pay for a subscription to the Game Pass Ultimate. from Microsoft to access it. Having an Android smartphone or tablet will also be an essential prerequisite. As one could imagine, iPhone and iPad users still won’t have access.
22 countries involved
The xCloud will be deployed in 22 countries (Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland , United Kingdom, and United States) including France of course, where it is operating in beta phase since a few months.
Moreover, it should be noted that all players with access to the closed beta will no longer be able to take advantage of xCloud from next September 11. The time to let Microsoft put all the Azure servers (spread over 160 data centers on all continents) on which the xCloud runs.
In addition to the Android device and the subscription (12.99 euros / month), an Xbox wireless controller or any Bluetooth-compatible gaming device will be preferred to enjoy the hundred games available from September 15.
In addition, Microsoft recently announced that it was working on fully touch-sensitive control interfaces, as can be found on many games designed just for mobile. Leaving your controller at home will therefore soon be possible … when the service comes out of the test phase and will be entitled to its own official name.