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Microsoft's first-party games might be playable via Project xCloud upon release

By Kenneth Ang - on 5 Aug 2020, 3:59pm

Microsoft's first-party games might be playable via Project xCloud upon release

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If you've been keeping up with recent news, it should be pretty obvious that Microsoft is really intent on getting some solid "foundations" down before the Xbox Series X drops later this year. From acquiring social networking apps like TikTok (which they could then implement into their Xbox game plan in some form), to adding Project xCloud access into the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, I'd say they deserve a round of applause for the effort - they're really giving it their all to cover up any and all loose ends for us gamers. 

In fact, they've even gone so far as to announce that one of the items on their to-do list is to ensure that all their first-party games from Xbox Game Studios are available for play via Project xCloud on release day. Their recent blog post, which you can check out here, talks about "providing day-one access to new titles from Xbox Game Studios as part of Xbox Game Pass".

In short, what this means is that even if you don't have an Xbox Series X console when Halo Infinite releases, as long as you have a Game Pass Ultimate subscription, you should be able to stream and play it on your mobile phone or any compatible Android device. 

Granted, the experience (especially with regard to quality) will certainly be very different as compared to playing on an actual Series X, but in that "worst case scenario" of sorts, being able to play next-gen games on your phone should fill in the blank nicely, at least until you finally manage to buy a console. Amusingly, it has even been said that at this juncture, Microsoft is marketing the Game Pass subscription even more than the Series X itself.

Anyway, the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription usually costs S$19.99 a month for those of us on the little red dot, and includes the Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Live Gold and from September 15 onwards, access to the aforementioned Project xCloud. Do note that the base Game Pass subscription doesn't include the latter, but at just twenty bucks a month, there's hardly any reason you shouldn't go for the Ultimate subscription in the first place.