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!
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.
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.
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.
At launch, Xbox Cloud Gaming will be available on the following 22 countries:
- Czech Republic
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- United States
Android version 6.0+, supporting Bluetooth version 4.0+
Xbox Game Pass Android app with active Ultimate membership
Compatible Xbox Wireless Controller with Bluetooth
5Ghz Wi-Fi or mobile data connection 10Mbps down
Mobile gaming clip (technically optional, yes, but this is pretty much mandatory to have a comfortable gaming experience on the go)
Razer Kishi ($99.99)
8BitDo SN30 Pro ($44.99)
DualShock 4 ($59.99)
Available here: Xbox Game Pass Library | Xbox
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