Microsoft is revealing today that the company will have more than 150 games to stream through its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription service. Already known as XCloud, the game streaming feature launched on 15 September for Android tablets and phones.
xCloud is being bundled as a game streaming feature in the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. Microsoft is rolling out an update to the Xbox Game Pass app on Android tomorrow in 22 countries including Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal . Slovakia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States.
Missing from the list of 150 games are EA’s play titles. Microsoft revealed last week that it was adding EA Play to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, but the game would not be available on XCloud until later this holiday.
Microsoft is also working to improve xCloud with touch controls for games. The first title to launch with Touch Control will be Minecraft Dungeons, which includes support for actually controlling large controls on-screen.
Microsoft has performed before 5 Touch controls, and touch controls for xCloud testers Hellblade: Senua Sacrifice Now for about a month. Expect more games to take these touch controls in the coming months.
Unfortunately, due to Apple’s previously blocked services such as XCloud, XCloud will not initially be available on iPhones or iPads. Apple last week expanded an olive branch to Microsoft, which allows game streaming services such as xCloud or Stadia, with large streaming available on iOS or iPadOS. Apple wants companies like Microsoft to individually present their games as separate apps using their streaming technology.
Microsoft was not happy with this requirement, but it is unclear whether the company could eventually package some games and stream them on iPhone or iPad devices. Microsoft called Apple’s move “a bad experience for customers”, noting that a streaming movie or song app does not need to package separate content into separate apps.
Update, September 14 9:15 AM ET: Updated article with XCloud touch control details.