Do you need an Xbox for xCloud game streaming?

Xbox Game Pass streaming won't be supported on Android TV

Microsoft today has made it Xbox Game Pass (xCloud) available for Android users in 22 countries.

In an email sent to subscribers, the company noted the programme was exiting its beta period and ending introductory pricing.

Starting from 17 September, the monthly subscription fee for the service has been bumped from R49 to R99. All conversions to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate are final: Once converted, you can not re-convert your Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership back to a previous membership.

Additionally, South African gamers still benefit from the localised pricing, as the direct new United States price of $9.99 converts to around R160.


Alongside the launch of Xbox's new Xbox Series X and S console devices in November this year, SK Telecom announced plans to start offering Microsoft's Xbox All Access (XAA) Bundle that provides access to a new next-generation console, combined with a 24-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership, via a more affordable monthly payment.

Current titles include Flight Simulator 2020, Outer Worlds, Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, Resident Evil 7, and multiple games from the Gears, Halo, and Age of Empires franchises. With this in mind, he'd either need to speak to Microsoft about making an exemption in his case or create an entirely new account in order to access xCloud.

As of the initial launch, over 150 games that can be streamed directly over an Android smartphone, tablet, PC, or Xbox console. Subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate costs $14.99 per month. While you're not actually playing the game on your phone, you're streaming it from a remote server and using Microsoft's magical tech to give you lots of time to crunch from the vast catalog that they have to offer. Monday was the turn of The Sims 4 Star Wars Journey to Batuu while this afternoon it will be the turn of Sea of Thieves. Yes, the Xbox Series X is due by the end of 2020, but that's not going to help you if you're now housebound due to the coronavirus.

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