Xbox Cloud Gaming: Price, platforms and everything you need to know


(Pocket-lint) — Microsoft has its own cloud gaming platform.

Called Cloud Gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate — often referred to as Xbox Cloud Gaming — it offers more than 300 Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and original Xbox games to be played on PC, Mac, Chromebook, Samsung Smart TVs, Android and iOS devices over a data connection. Xbox Game Pass members can also use it to play many games on their consoles without having to download them.

Microsoft even hopes to introduce its own streaming stick in the future.

So, here’s everything you need to know about the Xbox cloud games service, including what devices are compatible and the available games.

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What is Xbox Cloud Gaming?

Called «Project xCloud» during its earlier days, Xbox Cloud Gaming is Microsoft’s game streaming platform. It runs as a complementary service to its Xbox One and Xbox Series X / Series S games consoles and is available in 28 countries as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership.

It is a streaming service, in that all games are hosted on custom Xbox Series X hardware located at remote servers around the world. Live gameplay video is sent to a compatible device over the internet. In return, controller codes are sent in the other direction so, for all intents and purposes, it feels like you are playing a game loaded on the device itself.

It is not a new idea; there are others on the market, such as Nvidia’s GeForce Now. However, Microsoft’s service is not currently a separate offering — it is a no-cost addition to its existing Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership scheme.

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Microsoft believes Cloud Gaming is one of the best game streaming services around because it utlises the firm’s enormous network of data centres around the world. This ensures game requests can be served locally rather than across continents, potentially reducing latency by shortening the distance between the end user and the data centre.

Latency is the enemy of cloud gaming, often adding many milliseconds between button presses and actions performed on screen. And, while that doesn’t sound like much, milliseconds are vital when it comes to gaming. Say you press the button to shoot an onrushing enemy, a few milliseconds of latency can be the difference between hitting them and not. Or, in a driving game such as the excellent Forza Horizon 5, the difference between successfully drifting around a corner or ending up wrapped around a tree.

Does that mean my Xbox console will be defunct in future?

Xbox Cloud Gaming is not designed to replace games consoles. Instead, it runs parallel to the company’s machines, offering many of the same games and even allowing for save games to be picked up and continued no matter which device you use: mobile, console, PC or even Smart TV.

As it is available as part of the company’s Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership scheme, which also includes over 300 games to download to the Xbox One or Xbox Series X/S, 200 games for PC, Xbox Live Gold and EA Play, it is seen very much as an extension to console gaming, not a replacement.

Essentially, Cloud Gaming is an ideal way for you to carry-on your Xbox experience on a portable device, whether you are at home or out and about.

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When and where can I use xCloud?

Cloud Gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is available in 28 countries as a dedicated app for Android devices. Windows PC users can play Cloud Gaming titles through the native Xbox app, and it is also available via a web browser on iOS, Mac and Chromebook. Safari, Chrome and Microsoft’s own Edge browser are all supported.

Xbox has also more recently expanded its reach to the latest Samsung TVs — those capable of hosting the Samsung Gaming Hub.

For Android, you need to download the Xbox Game Pass app from Google Play or the Samsung Galaxy Store. You can play cloud games through the app, plus wishlist and even download games to your Xbox console or Windows PC.

If you want to play through iPhone or iPad, you need to head to xbox.com/play on your device’s Safari web browser. You can then create a web app for your homescreen that jumps straight into the service on a single tap. Here are our in-depth instructions on how to get that working: How to play Xbox Cloud Gaming on iPhone and iPad.

Supported iPhones and iPads are below. Others might work, but these are the iOS and iPadOS devices verified by Microsoft.

  • iPad Air (3rd Gen)
  • iPad Air (4th Gen)
  • iPad Pro 11 2nd Gen
  • iPad Mini 5th Gen
  • iPad Mini 6th Gen
  • iPad 8th Gen
  • iPad 9th Gen
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Mini
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max

You can also play directly in a web browser on Mac and Chromebook, although owners of the latter can also install the dedicated Android app on their laptop directly.

To play on a Windows PC, just open the Xbox app and follow the instructions.

Xbox also offers Cloud Gaming accessibility on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. This allows Xbox One owners to play Xbox Series X versions of games (albeit with restrictions, such as resolution). Xbox Series X/S owners can also play supported games without having to install them first, which saves on storage space.

Among the countries covered are Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, UK and the US. You can see a full list of countries with Cloud Gaming support here.

Many games on Cloud Gaming now feature touch controls. For most though, you will also need a Bluetooth-enabled Xbox One Wireless Controller to play the titles effectively. Xbox also recommends you acquire a phone mount for the controller, unless you are playing using a tablet.

The mount is reasonably inexpensive, however.

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How much does Cloud Gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate cost?

As its full name suggests, Cloud Gaming is free to all those with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. The all-you-can-eat digital download service for Xbox One, Series X/S and Windows, is £10.99 / $14.99 per month.

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What is Xbox Remote Play?

As well as Cloud Gaming, Xbox Remote Play is available. Using the same technology, gamers can use their own Xbox One or Series X/S consoles as a Cloud Gaming server and therefore stream their own games to a portable device.

PlayStation offers something similar in the form of PS4 and PS5 Remote Play, but Xbox Remote Play is different as you aren’t restricted to having to be on the same home network, you can also stream over a mobile data connection.

You can find out more about it here.

Xbox Cloud Gaming games list

Here is the current list of all the available games on Cloud Gaming (as of 30 September 2022:

  • 7 Days to Die
  • A Memoir Blue
  • AI: The Somnium Files
  • Aliens: Fireteam Elite
  • Among Us
  • Anvil: Vault Breaker (Game Preview)
  • Aragami 2
  • Archvale
  • ARK: Ultimate Survivor Edition
  • Art of Rally
  • As Dusk Falls
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
  • Assassin’s Creed Origins
  • Astria Ascending
  • Astroneer
  • Back 4 Blood
  • Backbone
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Banjo-Kazooie: N n B
  • Banjo-Tooie
  • Bassmaster Fishing 2022
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Battlefield 1 Revolution
  • Battlefield 4
  • Battlefield V
  • Battletoads
  • Beacon Pines
  • Before We Leave
  • Ben 10: Power Trip
  • Beseige Console (Game Preview)
  • Black Desert
  • Bleeding Edge
  • Blinx: The Time Sweeper
  • Bloodroots
  • Breathedge
  • Bridge Constructor Portal
  • Broken Age
  • Bugsnax
  • Chinatown Detective Agency
  • Chorus
  • Cities Skylines — Xbox One Edition
  • Citizen Sleeper
  • ClusterTruck
  • Coffee Talk
  • Commandos 3 — HD Remaster
  • Conan Exiles
  • Contrast
  • Cooking Simulator
  • Crackdown 3
  • Cricket 22
  • Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
  • CrossfireX: Operating Catalyst
  • Crown Trick
  • Crusader Kings III
  • Dandy Ace
  • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Anniversary Edition
  • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Anniversary Edition
  • Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony Anniversary Edition
  • DayZ
  • DC League of Super-Pets: The Adventures of Krypto and Ace
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Dead Cells
  • Dead Space
  • Death’s Door
  • Deathloop
  • Deeeer Simulator: Your Average Everyday Deer Game
  • Deep Rock Galactic
  • Descenders
  • Despoot’s Game
  • Destroy All Humans!
  • Dicey Dungeons
  • Dirt 5
  • Disc Room
  • Dishonored Definitive Edition
  • Dishonored 2
  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
  • Disney Dreamlight Valley
  • Disneyland Adventures
  • DJMax Respect V
  • Donut County
  • Doom (2016)
  • Doom (1993)
  • Doom 3
  • Doom 64
  • Doom Eternal
  • Doom II (Classic)
  • Double Dragon Neon
  • Dragon Age Origins
  • Dragon Age 2
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • DRagon Ball FighterZ
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2
  • Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age — Definitive Edition
  • Dreamscaper
  • Echo Generation
  • Edge of Eternity
  • Eiyunden Chronicle: Rising
  • Embr
  • Empire of Sin
  • Escape Academy
  • Evil Genius 2: World Domination
  • Exo One
  • F1 2021
  • Fabe Anninversary
  • Fable II
  • Fable III
  • Fae Tactics
  • Fallout 3
  • Fallout 4
  • Fallout 76
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Far Cry 5
  • FAR: Changing Tides
  • Farming Simulator 22
  • Firewatch
  • Floppy Knights
  • Football Manager 2022: Xbox Edition
  • For Honor: Marching Fire Edition
  • Forager

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  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Forza Horizon 5
  • Frostpunk: Console Edition
  • Fuga: Melodies of Steel
  • Fusion Frenzy
  • Gang Beasts
  • Garden Story
  • Gears 5: Game of the Year Edition
  • Gears of War 2
  • Gears of War 3
  • Gears of War 4
  • Gears of War: Judgment
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
  • Gears Tactics
  • Generation Zero
  • Genesis Noir
  • Goat Simulator
  • Going Under
  • Golf with Your Friends
  • Gorogoa
  • Grounded
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Halo Infinite
  • Halo Wars: Definitive Edition
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  • Hardspace Shipbreaker
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Hitman Trilogyr
  • Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition
  • House Flipper
  • Human Fall Flat
  • Immortal Reams: Vampire Wars
  • Immortality
  • Immortals Fenyx Rising
  • Infernax
  • Injustice 2
  • Inside
  • Into the Pit
  • It Takes Two
  • Jetpac Refuelled
  • Joy Ride Turbo
  • Jurassic World Evolution 2
  • Just Cause 4: Reloaded
  • Kameo
  • Jentuky Route Zero: TV Edition
  • Kill It With Fire
  • Killer Instinct DE
  • Kraken Academy!!
  • Lake
  • Lawn Mowing Simulator
  • Lemnis Gate
  • Let’s Build a Zoo
  • Life is Strange: True Colors
  • Little Witch in the Woods (Game Preview)
  • Lonely Mountains: Downhill
  • Loot River
  • Lost in Random
  • Maneater
  • Marvel’s Avengers
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda
  • Mass Effect: Legendary Edition
  • Matchpoint — Tennis Championships
  • MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries
  • Metal: Hellsinger
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator: Game of the Year Edition
  • Middle Earth: Shadow of War
  • Midnight Fight Express
  • Mind Scanners
  • Minecraft Dungeons
  • Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
  • MLB The Show 22
  • Monster Sanctuary
  • Monster Train
  • Moonglow Bay
  • Moonlighter
  • Moonscars
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Mortal Shell: Enhanced Edition
  • MotoGP 22
  • My Friend Pedro
  • My Friend Peppa Pig
  • My Time At Portia
  • Narkaa: Bladepoint
  • Need for Speed Heat
  • Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered
  • Neoverse
  • New Super Lucky’s Tale
  • Next Space Rebels
  • NieR:Automata
  • No no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
  • Ninja Gaiden Σ
  • Ninja Gaiden Σ2

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  • No Man’s Sky
  • Nobody Saves the World
  • Nongunz: Doppelganger Edition
  • Nuclear Throne
  • Oblivion
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Olija
  • Omori
  • One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4
  • One Step From Eden
  • Opus: Echo of Starsong — Full Bloom Edition
  • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Outer Wilds
  • Outriders
  • Overcooked! 2
  • Pac-Man Museum+
  • Paradise Killer
  • Paw Patrol Mighty Pups Save Adventure Bay
  • Paw Patrol The Movie: Adventure City Calls
  • Paw Patrol: Grand Prix
  • Peggle 2
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Phoenix Point
  • Pikuniku
  • Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire — Ultimate Edition
  • Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville
  • Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2
  • PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG)
  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
  • PowerWash Simulator
  • Prey
  • Prodeus
  • Project WIngman
  • Psychonauts
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Pupperazzi
  • Quake Remastered
  • Race with Ryan
  • Rage
  • Rage 2
  • Recompile
  • Record of Lodoss War-Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth
  • ReCore: Definitive Edition
  • Research and Destroy
  • Ring of Pain
  • Road 96
  • Rubber Bandits
  • Rush: A DisneyPixar Adventure
  • Sable
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Second Extinction (Game Preview)
  • Secret Neighbor
  • Serious Sam 4
  • Shadowrun Returns
  • Shadowrun: Dragonfall — Director’s Cut
  • Shadorun: Hong Kong — Extended Edition
  • Shredders
  • Skate (2007)
  • Skate 3
  • Skul: The Hero Slayer
  • Slay the Spire
  • Slime Rancher
  • Slime Rancher 2 (Game Preview)
  • Sniper Elite 4
  • Sniper Elite 5
  • SnowRunner
  • Solasta: Crown of the Magister
  • Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator
  • Spacelines from the Far Out
  • Spelunky 2
  • SpiderHeck
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Star Wars Battlefront II
  • Star Wars: Squadrons
  • Stardew Valley

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  • State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition
  • Stellaris: Console Edition
  • Subnautica
  • Subnautica: Below Zero
  • Super Mega Baseball 3
  • Superliminal
  • Supraland
  • Surgeon Simulator 2
  • Tainted Grail: Conquest
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
  • Tell Me Why Episode 1 – 3
  • Telling Lies
  • Terraria
  • The Anacrusis (Game Preview)
  • The Ascent
  • The Bard’s Tale IV: Directors Cut
  • The Bard’s Tale Remastered and Resnarkled
  • The Bard’s Tale Trilogy
  • The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet of Chaos — Chicken Edition
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
  • The Evil Within
  • The Evil Within 2
  • The Forgotten City
  • The Good Life
  • The Gunk
  • The Last Kids on Earth and the Staff of Doom
  • The Long Dark
  • The Outer Worlds
  • The Pedestrian
  • The Procession to Cavary
  • The Riftbreaker
  • The Sims 4
  • The Walking Dead: A New Frontier (Episodes 1 — 5)
  • The Walking Dead: Michonne
  • The Walking Dead: Season Two
  • The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season
  • TheHunter: Call of the Wild
  • This War of Mine: Final Cut
  • Tinykin
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege — Deluxe Edtion
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands
  • Tom Clancy’s rainbow Six Extraction
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera
  • Totally Accurate Battle Simulator
  • Totally Reliable Delivery Service
  • Townscaper
  • Trailmakers
  • Train Sim World 3
  • Transformers Battleground
  • Trek to Yomi
  • Tropico 6
  • Tunic
  • Turbo Golf Racing (Game Preview)
  • Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion
  • Two Point Campus
  • Umurangi Generation Special Edition
  • Undertale
  • Undungeon
  • Unpacking
  • Unravel Two
  • Unsighted
  • Unsouled
  • Visage
  • Viva Piñata
  • Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise
  • Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector
  • Wasteland Remastered
  • Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut
  • Wasteland 3
  • Watch Dogs 2

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  • We Happy Few
  • Weird West
  • Windjammers 2
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
  • Wolfenstein: YoungBlood
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Worms W.M.D
  • Wreckfest
  • Yakuza 0
  • Yakuza 3 Remastered
  • Yakuza 4 Remastered
  • Yakuza 5 Remastered
  • Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
  • Yakuza Kiwami
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon
  • You Suck at Parking
  • Young Souls
  • Zero Escape: The Nonary Games 
  • Zombie Army 4: Dead War

Writing by Rik Henderson.

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