This week the bullet went through the church. Starting September 15th, it will be possible to stream Xbox One games to your Android device. We are talking about your smartphone or tablet. Last year we were introduced to this service as Project xCloud, but now it is clear that the service will be part of your Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription.
The Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription currently gives you access to Xbox Live (to play games online) and the Xbox Game Pass. The latter is a library of about 100 games that you can play. This also includes all games published by Microsoft itself from day one. This means that with an active subscription you will soon be able to play Halo Infinite from day one at no extra cost. And that also on your Android device. These are five reasons to try it later.
Lots of cool games via Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
The main reason to get started with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on your Android can be found in the games selection. It is especially the games that are published by Microsoft itself that are really worthwhile. Of course you can think of Gears 5, Sea of Thieves and Forza Horizon 4. But other games such as Ori, Destiny 2 and Fallout 76 can also be played. And you will soon be able to stream all of them on your smartphone.
Streaming works quite well
And the technology is good. During the Project xCloud period I participated in several tests. I had some problems here and there. Forza Horizon 4 didn’t quite run as it should, while Halo: The Master Chief Collection did well. It is also useful to see if you have a modern smartphone that has Wi-Fi 6 and of course such a router. That way, there is a good chance that everything will work nice and smooth.
No additional costs outside of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
For a long time I thought that you had to pay separately for Project xCloud. But when it became known that it was going to be part of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, I was pleasantly surprised. That way you don’t have to pay anything extra if you already have this subscription. That is great and gives you the opportunity to play your favorite game when, for example, you are in bed at night.
Compete against friends without owning an Xbox One
But perhaps the most interesting thing about this Xbox Game Pass Ultimate setup is that you can play the games without owning an Xbox One. Ideal if, for example, you have a neat Android tablet and want to see what games you missed on a reasonable screen. And if you have friends who are already playing on the platform, now you have the option to compete against them. Or of course to work together.
Finally, it is also good that Microsoft has entered into a partnership with various parties to make accessories for this Xbox Game Pass Ultimate service. That way you can control your smartphone like a Nintendo Switch, or you can attach an attachment to your controller. That way you can game normally while holding your Xbox One controller. You can find a few examples of those accessories here.
All in all, there are plenty of reasons to get excited about this new service. Want to read more about Xbox Game Pass Ultimate? Then visit our overview page here.