The Quick Guide to Cloud Gaming With Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

What to know about Microsoft's game streaming platform

Cloud Gaming with Xbox Game Pass (formerly Project xCloud) is Microsoft's mobile video game streaming service that launched on September 15, 2020. Here's everything you could possibly want to know about the streaming platform and how you can use it.

Cloud Gaming with Xbox Game Pass is available only on Android devices.

How Does Cloud Gaming With Xbox Game Pass Work?

Xbox Game Pass members can now play Xbox One games and more from their Android smartphone or tablet. All the games are hosted on remote servers with you accessing them from your device and streaming the content, which means you don't have to own any Xbox system. All you need is a compatible internet-connected device and a Wi-Fi or data connection fast enough to stream the game. 

Xbox's Cloud Gaming platform is similar to Nvidia's GeForce Now service and Google Stadia. Both services also allow players to play high-end games while on the move through smartphones and tablets. However, with thousands of data centers at its disposal, Microsoft's service avoids the speed and latency issues that have plagued services like Google Stadia in recent times.

You can also play Xbox games and more from your Android smartphone or tablet.

How Do I Use Cloud Gaming With Xbox Game Pass?

To start playing Xbox games on your Android device, download and install the Xbox Game Pass app on your mobile device. When you launch the app, sign in with your Xbox Game Pass or Xbox Game Pass Ultimate credentials, or create a new account to browse games.

Xbox Game Pass set up on Android

Do I Need an Xbox Game Console? 

The point of Cloud Gaming with Xbox Game Pass is that anyone can stream games directly from the cloud, even if they don't own an Xbox console. However, you do need an Xbox wireless controller to play Xbox games on your Android device.

What Games Are Available? 

Cloud Gaming with Xbox Game Pass launched with over 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 games, including major hits like Crackdown 3, Destiny 2, Forza Horizon 4, Gears 5, and Halo 5. Users have unlimited access to the entire library of games, and data is saved in the cloud, so you can play across all of your Android devices.

Are There Any Downsides to Cloud Gaming with Xbox Game Pass?

A strong internet connection is required to stream Xbox games. If you live somewhere with a poor internet connection, or if you are restricted in how much data you can use each month, a mobile game streaming service might not be a great idea. You may be limited in what you can accomplish, or you could be charged a lot more by your ISP compared to simply buying an Xbox console. 

There may also be issues with lag as the system is dependent on your internet connection. In particular, when playing against other players, there might be some slowdown issues that could affect playability.

You can't play Xbox Game Pass games offline. Your device must be connected to Wi-Fi or cellular data at all times. 

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