xCloud (Xbox Cloud Gaming) [OT] An Apple a day, keeps cloud gaming away

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the Xbox Cloud Gaming OT! Hopefully, this thread will be your XboxEra home for all things cloud gaming on the go! I’ll try my best to keep it as updated as possible. If you notice an error, or want to make a suggestion, feel free to do so!

What is Xbox Cloud Gaming?

Xbox Cloud Gaming (previously xCloud) is a game streaming service available on Android devices. The service will be a part of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, priced at $14.99 per month. There is no standalone subscription available at the moment. More than 100 games are planned to be available on Android smartphones and tablets.

What’s the technology behind the service?

Currently, Xbox Cloud Gaming is powered by Xbox One S blade servers, and the stream quality is 720p, which is a good compromise between resolution and required internet bandwidth for now. The servers are expected to be upgraded to Xbox Series X server blades by 2021, which will be capable of running four Xbox One S game sessions simultaneously. The new hardware will also include a new built-in video encoder that is up to six times faster than the current encoder used on One S blades.

Microsoft is also experimenting with dedicated PC server blades, which would allow the service to stream PC-only games.

What devices are currently supported?

At this time, Xbox Cloud Gaming is only available on Android 6.0+ devices. A tug of war between Apple and Microsoft regarding Apple’s seemingly restrictive and anti-competitive App Store policies has resulted in the iOS version of the app being indefinitely delayed.

In the future, devices such as Xbox consoles and Windows 10 PCs may be supported.

Is the service available in my country?

At launch, Xbox Cloud Gaming will be available on the following 22 countries:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • South Korea
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

What do I need to get started?

:white_check_mark: Android version 6.0+, supporting Bluetooth version 4.0+

:white_check_mark: Xbox Game Pass Android app with active Ultimate membership

:white_check_mark: Compatible Xbox Wireless Controller with Bluetooth

:white_check_mark: 5Ghz Wi-Fi or mobile data connection 10Mbps down

:white_check_mark: Mobile gaming clip (technically optional, yes, but this is pretty much mandatory to have a comfortable gaming experience on the go)

I have an Xbox controller. Is it compatible?

Mobile gaming accessories

razer-kishi-product-photos-5

Razer Kishi ($99.99)

1510705-01_MOGA_XP5-X-Plus_1_Hero_P-1024x835

PowerA MOGA XP5-X Plus Bluetooth Controller ($69.99)

140506072020

8BitDo SN30 Pro ($44.99)

XboxWire_Images_PowerA_MOGA-Clip

PowerA MOGA Mobile Gaming Clip for Xbox ($14.99)

sony_3002837_ps4_dualshock_4_controller_1390231

DualShock 4 ($59.99)

Games Library

Available here: Xbox Game Pass Library | Xbox

Filter by Cloud-enabled.

6 Likes

RESERVED

Just a couple of small notes:

I got the games list from a The Verge article. When I open the Game Pass app, on the cloud section, the games do not correspond to the above list. I am assuming the games I see now are the Game Preview titles, and will be updated accordingly to the titles above, or even more (100+).

I am kind of assuming the name is “Xbox Cloud Gaming”. I’ll update as we have more official info.

Mods, can you please add the “Xbox Era OT” badge to my first image, and the yellow font with the topic name?

Thanks a lot @brunopcosta1 for the inspiration, you have made an amazing thread with the Xbox Series Guide.

Have fun gaming on the go! Love this community :green_heart:

3 Likes

Very nice OT, @YoungGrumpyMan!

You managed to make me even more bitter to the fact that xCloud is not available on my region :frowning:

1 Like

Great OT!

Yea on the 15th is when the full library will be unlocked.

1 Like

I saw this thread in it’s unfinished form. :wink:

I do wonder how this will evolve over time once they get the Series X blades in their servers. Will we be able to stream Series X quality games or will they be Series S quality? They are going to have to move on to one of these when they start streaming next gen games. Perhaps, Series S for tablets/phones and Series X for PCs/TV?

Picking up the 8bitdo controller and clip for this. I cannot wait to play Destiny 2 all day on my phone. :slight_smile:

I have an iPhone & iPad Pro, so this was not good :unamused: :anguished::frowning: :sob: So, recently I got a Samsung Galaxy Tab 6 (it was on a deal, good value and also good display). Also got a new controller, did not not to use my elite controllers. Works well, the cloud hardware are the OneS consoles, and even with SSD, it takes a good few second for games to load, but I’m impressed with visual quality, readability. I have GPU so great way to try out a game before downloading and playing on my consoles.

1 Like

Nice OT! The title legit made me laugh out loud. I want to get a Razer Kishi but I just don’t think I’d use it enough. Xcloud on PC is what I’m really waiting for. :slight_smile:

Awesome job on the OT sir.

Looking forward to Tuesday! This week’s gonna be fun.

I’m ready for this. Got my son a Kishi and a Redmi Note 9 and they both work brilliantly together, perfect for xCloud.

Be interesting to see how many games are there at launch.

Thank you for this question! I added this to the OP:

1 Like

few more days

When will be be able to play our library via XCloud?

1 Like

No word on that yet :frowning:

For now it’s a Game Pass extension

Hopefully really soon

Was great to be part of xCloud Preview. Works really well already!

Anyone else in Europe hasn‘t received their Razer Kishi xCloud version order? :confused: Such a shame, there must be more demand than units available ATM

Wish Apple would stop making stupid choices, but it seems the issues between Microsoft and Apple will stay for a while.

IMPORTANT STUFF:

@dungeonsgame

will be the first title to offer touch controls with cloud gaming (Beta), which launches tomorrow!

Cloud gaming launch titles :

  • A Plague Tale: Innocence
  • Absolver
  • Afterparty
  • Age of Wonders: Planetfall
  • ARK: Survival Evolved
  • Astroneer
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Battletoads
  • Battle Chasers: Nightwar
  • Black Desert
  • Blair Witch
  • Bleeding Edge
  • Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  • Bridge Constructor Portal
  • Carrion
  • Children of Morta
  • ClusterTruck
  • Crackdown 3: Campaign
  • Crosscode
  • Darksiders Genesis
  • Darksiders III
  • DayZ
  • de Blob
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Dead Cells
  • Dead Island Definitive Edition
  • Death Squared
  • Deliver us the moon
  • Demon’s Tilt
  • Descenders
  • Destiny 2: Shadowkeep & Forsaken expansion (September 22)
  • DiRT 4
  • Don’t Starve
  • Double Kick Heroes
  • Drake Hollow
  • Dungeon of the Endless
  • Enter The Gungeon
  • F1 2019
  • Fallout 76
  • Farming Simulator 17
  • Felix the Reaper
  • Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour
  • For the King
  • Forager
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Fractured Minds
  • Frostpunk: Console Edition
  • Gato Roboto
  • Gears of War 1: Ultimate Edition
  • Gears of War 4
  • Gears of War 5
  • Goat Simulator
  • Golf with Your Friends
  • Grounded
  • Guacamelee! 2
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Halo Wars 1: Definitive Edition
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Hello Neighbor
  • Hollow Knight (Renewal)
  • Hot Shot Racing
  • Human Fall Flat
  • Hyperdot
  • Hypnospace Outlaw
  • Indivisible
  • Journey to the Savage Planet
  • Katana ZERO (Coming soon)
  • Killer Instinct DE
  • Kona
  • Levelhead
  • Lonely Mountains: Downhill
  • Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
  • Metro 2033 Redux
  • Middle Earth: Shadow of War
  • Minecraft: Dungeons
  • MINIT
  • Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
  • Moonlighter
  • Mortal Kombat X (Not available in Korea)
  • Mount & Blade: Warband
  • Moving Out
  • Mudrunner
  • Munchkin: Quacked Quest
  • Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
  • My Time At Portia
  • Neon Abyss
  • New Super Lucky’s Tale
  • NieR:Automata
  • Night Call
  • Night in the Woods (Coming soon)
  • No Man’s Sky
  • Nowhere Prophet
  • Observation
  • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Overcooked! 2
  • Oxenfree
  • Pathologic 2
  • Pikuniku
  • Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition
  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
  • ReCore: Definitive Edition
  • Remnant: From the Ashes
  • Resident Evil 7 Biohazard
  • Rise & Shine
  • River City Girls (Coming soon)
  • Sea of Thieves: Anniversary Edition
  • Sea Salt
  • Secret Neighbor
  • Shadow Warrior 2
  • Slay the Spire
  • Sniper Elite 4
  • Spiritfarer
  • State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition
  • Stellaris
  • Stranger Things 3: The Game
  • Streets of Rage 4
  • Streets of Rogue
  • Subnautica
  • Surviving Mars
  • Tacoma
  • Tell Me Why Episode 1 – 3
  • Terraria
  • The Bard’s Tale IV: Directors Cut
  • The Bard’s Tale Remastered and Resnarkled
  • The Bard’s Tale Trilogy
  • The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Tactics
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • The Gardens Between
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 4
  • The Long Dark
  • The Lord of the Rings: Adventure Card Game
  • The Messenger
  • The Outer Worlds
  • The Surge 2
  • The Touryst
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • The Escapists 2
  • The Talos Principle
  • The Turing Test
  • The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – Episode 1 through 5
  • The Walking Dead: Michonne – Episode 1 – 3
  • The Walking Dead: Season Two
  • theHunter: Call of the Wild
  • Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales
  • Totally Accurate Battle Simulator
  • Totally Reliable Delivery Service
  • Touhou Luna Nights
  • Tracks – The Train Set Game
  • Trailmakers
  • Train Sim World 2020
  • Two Point Hospital
  • Undermine
  • Untitled Goose Game
  • Void Bastards
  • Wandersong
  • Warhammer Vermintide 2 (Coming soon)
  • Wasteland Remastered
  • Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut
  • Wasteland 3
  • We Happy Few
  • West of Dead
  • Wizard of Legend
  • World War Z
  • Worms W.M.D
  • Xeno Crisis
  • Yakuza 0
  • Yakuza Kiwami
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2

150 games!! Holy shit

Not quite looking forward to adding all these games to the OP with an image for each :sweat_smile:

1 Like

That is awesome that they added native touch controls to Minecraft Dungeons! I love the combat in this game, and the recent addition of daily quests and such makes this a great way to keep up with the game.

The list of games has been updated on the Game Pass (Beta) app. But cloud functionality hasn’t been added to the new titles.