The change sparked fresh speculation about the future of the service after rumours that Microsoft planned to do away with Xbox Live, especially since this recent adjustment to the terms of the agreement arrived in the wake of the removal of the 12-month Xbox Live Gold subscription.
Project xCloud is Microsoft's "vision for game-streaming technology that will complement our console hardware and give gamers more choices in how and where they play".
It's no question that Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass subscription service has been a huge success. That will allow Microsoft to launch it out of testing as part of its $15 Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription service on September 15th, as planned. "Last month we laid out our commitment to you and announced cloud gaming, powered by Project xCloud, will be part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate at no additional cost".
As the world around us changes and entertainment is readily available no matter the device, it's our vision to make games accessible in a variety of scenarios. Preorders in the US can also claim up to $150 of Samsung Credit, which the company states can be applied to the set.
Cloud gaming also unlocks new couch co-op experiences with traditional online games. Microsoft is also promising day-one access to new Xbox Games Studios-developed games, just like regular Xbox Game Pass subscribers.
Microsoft also revealed a series of mobile gaming accessories created to work with Game Pass titles on smartphones, including new controller peripherals from Razer, PowerA, 8bitDo, and Steel Series.
Microsoft is still running a test version of xCloud on Android, and has told testers that it will be available until 11 September. Throw in a grand total of $15 into the pot, and you'll get an Xbox Live Gold subscription, Game Pass on both PC and Xbox One, and a ruined liver if you've been downing a shot of tequila every time I've mentioned "Xbox" in this post.
"Lack iOS support for xCloud at launch is a massive elephant in the room".