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Microsoft xCloud will offer over 150 Xbox games when it goes live tomorrow

Microsoft is revealing today that the company will have more than 150 games to stream through its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription service tomorrow. Known previously as xCloud, the game streaming feature launches on September 15th for Android tablets and phones.

xCloud is being bundled into Xbox Game Pass Ultimate as a game streaming feature. Microsoft is launching an update to the Xbox Game Pass app on Android in 22 countries tomorrow, including Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

You’ll be able to play more than 150 Xbox games on your Android phone or tablet tomorrow, a jump from the more than 100 titles Microsoft previously said xCloud would have on day one.

The list features a mix of Xbox exclusives and titles that are available elsewhere. They include Tell Me Why, Gears 5, Grounded, Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 4, Battletoads, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Untitled Goose Game and Destiny 2. More titles will be added down the line, including games from EA Play later this year. You can check out the full launch-day list on the Xbox Wire Microsoft Flight Simulator is one of the more notable missing titles.

The service supports cloud saves, so you can continue a game you’ve been playing on your Xbox One or Xbox Series X/S when you’re on the go. It also features multiplayer and cross-play with PC players, if a game supports cross-play between that platform and Xbox One.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can access xCloud at no extra charge. Game Pass usually costs $15/month, but new members only have to pony up a dollar for their first month.

Unfortunately, xCloud won’t be available on iPhones or iPads initially, due to Apple previously blocking services like xCloud. Apple extended an olive branch to Microsoft last week, permitting game streaming services like xCloud or Stadia to exist on iOS or iPadOS with a big catch. Apple wants companies like Microsoft to individually submit their games as separate apps using its streaming tech.

Microsoft wasn’t happy with this requirement, but it’s not clear if the company may eventually package up some games and stream them on iPhone or iPad devices. Microsoft called Apple’s move “a bad experience for customers,” noting that streaming movie or song apps don’t have to package individual content into separate apps.

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