Xbox Game Pass games can now be streamed through mobile devices thanks to xCloud, making it much easier than ever before to play The Master Chief Collection on the toilet. But this is just the start of Microsoft’s plans for streaming, and Xbox boss Phil Spencer has indicated in a tweet that streaming will make its way to Game Pass on Xbox and PC, too.
Replying to a tweet asking directly whether Game Pass on console and PC would allow for streaming at some point–allowing users to demo a game before committing to a download–Spencer responded saying that they have a plan in the works for this. “It’s in the long list of cool things the xCloud team is working on, just a bit further down the list,” he said.
Yes, we want to do this. It’s in the long list of cool things the xCloud team is working on, just a bit further down the list. But we want console and PC players to be able to browse as easily as mobile players, it’s a good gamepass feature.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) October 7, 2020
This means that the feature could be a while off yet, but it’s at least being planned, and we could eventually see Game Pass streaming on these systems.
Microsoft’s recent purchase of Bethesda parent company ZeniMax means that they now has access to the company’s Orion streaming technology, which could be a large part of their future strategy.
Microsoft’s next systems, the Xbox Series X and Series S, will release on November 10. If you’re looking to pick up either system, or some new Xbox games for the end of the year, check out GameSpot’s 2020 Xbox Gift Guide.
- Google has launched Play Pass in 24 new countries.
- These new markets are all in Europe though.
Google Play Pass is the Play Store’s rival to Apple Arcade, offering a variety of apps and games for a monthly subscription fee. It’s only been available in a handful of countries, but Google is now pushing the service out to plenty more nations.
The company announced on Twitter and on its support page (h/t: Android Police) that 24 new countries are getting Google Play Pass. These markets are all in Europe though, so don’t hold your breath if you’re in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, or Central and South America. Check out the list of new additions below.
- Czech Republic
The new countries join Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, the UK, and the US. We’ll update this article if and when Google brings Play Pass to more markets.
Google’s subscription service has quite a few notable games, ranging from Knights of the Old Republic, Limbo, and the Monument Valley series to Stardew Valley, 80 Days, and Mini Metro. You can check out all the Play Pass games and apps via the previous link.
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