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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Delivers 100+ Games Directly to Your Mobile Device Beginning September 15

From Xbox: "Our vision for Project xCloud, Microsoft’s cloud gaming technology, is to give you the opportunity to play the games you want, with the people you want, anywhere you want. Since launching the public preview across North America, Europe and in South Korea, you’ve shared stories about the unique ways you’ve played from the cloud while providing invaluable feedback that’s helped us improve the experience."

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KionicWarlord22257d ago

Xbox Game pass in unmatched.

Microsoft is basically planning for the endgame now.

Shikoku57d ago

It's not unmatch you can do the same thing with remote play and PsNow 🙄.

mandf57d ago

And over 700 games on psnow. You all forget a service has more games and higher rated games. Keep shilling

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umair_s5157d ago (Edited 57d ago )

If you ask me this is pretty sick, I can play halo infinite, avowed, hellblade 2, everwild without spending a cent on hardware. I will sign up. MS finally delivering.

343_Guilty_Spark57d ago

People only talk about PS NOW in an effort to diminish the capabilities of GamePass. But nobody honestly seems to care about the PS Now service.

ZeroBlue257d ago (Edited 57d ago )

With the added bonus of a far better library of games. I have no interest in gaming subscriptions, and maybe I'm missing something, but why is gamepass better than PSNow again? No one ever really explains this.

fiveby957d ago

No thanks. Not interested in XGP. I have the service till Feb 2021 as it cost me $2 for 14 months last winter. But I won't bother renewing. I rarely play any of the titles and I am surely not interested in streaming games to my mobile phone.

itsmebryan57d ago

Isn't PS going to start using MS cloud services? So, MS will start making money off the same Sony fanboys the made fun of the "power of the cloud.". Lmao

darthv7257d ago

@zero, the main difference is new releases. PSNow has the larger library... if you are into older titles. GP rotates out every month with a fresh batch of new releases and fan favorites.

pinkcrocodile7557d ago

I had no idea you could play all Playstation exclusives on the service on the same day they are released?

WOW, that changes everything

aquamala57d ago (Edited 57d ago )

Xcloud threads are the only place I hear people talking about PS Now

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Christopher57d ago

***Xcloud threads are the only place I hear people talking about PS Now***

Too bad it's not the only place where people oversell GamePass by ignoring the competition entirely.

rainslacker57d ago

Dont think that anything has been proven that people care about xcloud either. Game pass seems popular, but as far as game selection goes, the only advantage GP has is that it has day one releases. Psnow has quite a bigger selection though.

BlackRaven85_157d ago

@Shikoku @mandf You actually can't stream on PSNow from a phone. Way to show you know what you're talking about. Or dare say, ever tried PSNow to begin with. 😏

Livingthedream57d ago

I'm so sorry but we all know ps now is sub par man. Seriously it's not great at all. And the games on GP vs what's on PS Now just not the same at all.

RangerWalk26757d ago

PsNow is nice. I subscribe to it as well. But to have the quality of games that Gamepass has is unmatched. Day one new releases is HUGE!!!
Plus, Microsoft has invested BILLIONS over the past decade to build Azure. Hell, they even have the United States as a customer. And I believe Sony is going to be paying them for the infrastructure. The AI learning with decompression and streaming is too notch.
Plus, they are updating their server blades to the XBSX specs. UNMATCHED.

morganfell57d ago (Edited 57d ago )

So after the first month it is $180 month, plus tax, to own...nothing. The backwards compatibility argument makes the case that always being able to play the games you own on the latest hardware, adding value to the games you own matters. Yet this service is about owning nothing. Regardless of your feelings on that, owning nothing is not consumer value. $180 plus tax. Owning 3 great memorable games a year > owning nothing.

morganfell57d ago

Correction to the above. Typo. The statement should read, "So after the first month it is $180 a year, plus tax, to own...nothing."

DJStotty56d ago

Remote play requires you to be connected to your playstation, xcloud does not.

If you want to use outside of your network, the playstation needs to be in a low power standby mode and then gets "woken up"

Quite a difference.

DJStotty56d ago (Edited 56d ago )

Yeah but no..

"To use PlayStation Remote Play from computer, you must:

Have a PlayStation®4, with System Software 6.50 or newer.

A Windows-based computer with Windows 8.1 or newer; or a Mac with OS X Yosemite or OS X El Capitan or newer.

Enable your PS4™ and your computer to communicate. Follow the steps below to setup your PS4™ and mobile device."

Source : Sony themselves.

https://support.playstation...

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PyroMessiah8657d ago ShowReplies(6)
itsfunkky57d ago

um.. i was literally just playing PSnow off my iphone from my hotel room using remote play... lol

Eonjay57d ago

Part of the game Microsoft is running is a disinformation campaign that relies on lack of information to be considered special.

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darthv7257d ago

I thought Sony made a dedicated PSNow app for ios? Or maybe that is still in the works. I use android so Im not up on such things.

Zulu57d ago

@itsfunkky
Would like to know how you did this as you are not able to stream PS Now over remote play.

Ratchet7557d ago

You can't stream games directly from psnow.
The only thing you can do is download games available on Ps now and then use remote play.

Zulu57d ago

@ratchet
So in other words, not what gamepass is advertising which is directly streaming games to a mobile device without the need for extra hardware. Not saying this is the BEST way to play but it’s is great that Microsoft makes this an option, on top of gamepass which was already in my opinion an absolute steal

aconnellan57d ago

Yeah but you have to own a PS4 to do that.

With this you don’t need to own an Xbox

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crazyCoconuts57d ago

What's the endgame? Do all other subscription and streaming services crumble away and Xbox dominates the gaming world? I really want to know how this ends

Godmars29057d ago

Which doesn't really involve their console.

ps360s57d ago

I just dont understand Xbox only gamers now...instead of a prober console generation...they want Xcloud to be their thing now ...understandable since the Xbox console isnt doing as good as Playstation 4 and its something Xbox owners can brag about...but common I myself hate this whole games being played on other systems apart from your own...same with Playstation if they were to put out their first party titles straight to other systems, I would hate it...

Sitdown57d ago

I don't recall many people saying they want Xcloud to be their thing instead of a proper console generation. They are celebrating the ability, not saying this is the only thing wanted.

Christopher57d ago (Edited 57d ago )

There's no issue with there being more options. People can be happy for that. My only issue is acting like the competition doesn't have similar options and others acting like this is the only thing Xbox is doing for their gamers.

rainslacker57d ago

Think xcloud and game pass often get lumped together for the purposes of discussion. MS has two services that essentially add up to the one psnow service. However, if I understand correctly, the two MS services will be sold as one, or on some tiered thing...or something.

neomahi57d ago

You clearly don't see how this is going to affect you. Game Pass games come and go. Developers are also making a few cents a game off of Game Pass. They know something we don't which is why they're wanting to jack up the price for everyone else. On Xbox it comes with the subscription but on PS4 it's going to cost $69.99. So tell me, if you were a developer and you developed for game for Xbox and you made $.25 off of every download, because Game Pass is under $10/MN and game development is getting much more expensive and you knew you'd be making $60 off of every PS4 copy sold that has the largest install base, which console would you develop for? $.25 a download, or $60? Game Pass is only for first-party studios and independent developers that don't have a problem making $.25 per download (a percentage of the Game Pass subscription sale also divided up amongst hundreds of other developers, to make any kind of money would require sales of Microtransactions.) Are you prepared to deal with that? No third-party developer wants to make pennies, they're a business. So you're likely going to be playing a backlog of games thatve already made their money and are now scraping up what's left. That's what it sounds like to me and a lot of Activision promise in the signed agreement with a dev. "If your game sees more downloads then you'll receive bonuses, that's a big gamble for an arrogant developer, I think devs that are smart will see this and shy from it trying to sell full games and if they can't competing with Game Pass, bail on Xbox altogether, there's no real money to made.

Shaggy230457d ago

A developer was interviewed regarding game Pass and they said that they actually get an increase in sales when one of their games is published on Game Pass, not just on Xbox but also other platforms.

derektweed157d ago

Developers don't make $60 per game sale, first Sony take 30%, the publisher needs to recoup their investment.
You clearly have no idea what your talking about. You have no idea how much MS are paying for games on gamepass, so just stop.

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RazzerRedux57d ago (Edited 57d ago )

"You can join Xbox Game Pass Ultimate today for $1 for the first month, then $14.99 per month after that. In addition to cloud gaming, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes access to more than 100 high-quality games for console and PC; exclusive member discounts, deals, perks, and Xbox Live Gold."

So much for Live Gold going away. Seems to me xCloud should be available in the base GP pricing at some level. Lower priority, shorter play period, etc. Geforce Now and Stadia have free options at this point. Having to get Ultimate for xCloud is a bit much.

lonewolf1057d ago

Hopefully that is only for the initial period as it would be odd to tie it to the Ultimate (they do say free for Ultimate so maybe other pricing models will be announced).

battlegrog57d ago

Well the new model is they just want as many people to focus on being part of the Game pass model because in the end its more money for them but also a better value over all for everyone. online gaming is going to be free now but yes There is going to be a version for xcloud where it basically will be just like xbox and you can choose to buy whatever game you want. I assume you will still have to just get game pass but over all that provides all the money they need to support its studios and have its new games come to the service.Its a smart model but being able to choose what game to buy wont come until they add the new SX hardware into the servers next year

crazyCoconuts57d ago

Yea, and I think they'd want to slow roll it out since it's so new. They can always adjust later.

RamRod8857d ago

It's stating what is included in Game Pass Ultimate now. That doesn't mean they won't remove it in the near future. they wouldn't leak that info before they officially announce it.

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IGiveHugs2NakedWomen57d ago

Exactly. People keep saying Gold is gone even though Microsoft is still selling 1 month and 3 month versions, but if you opt for either of those you'll be paying twice the amount annually than current Gold users. It's $60 for a year are they still selling those or have they switched over to 1 month for 9.99 and 3 months for 24.99?

Do the math.

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derektweed157d ago

I'm pretty sure I remember them saying that streaming from your owned games from your console would be free. But there hasn't been much details about that for a while.

DJStotty56d ago

people will only get ultimate if they want xcloud and pc, and it works out cheaper than getting gamepass and gold seperately. (only by about 34pence)

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XiNatsuDragnel57d ago

So Xbox going to bring the big guns at mobile ;)

Marquinho57d ago

Microsoft's strategy is one step ahead in almost every aspect. Two steps in this case.

Shaggy230457d ago

Ermmmmmmm I wouldn't say that, i mean if they were "two steps ahead" we wouldn't have Halo Infinite looking........well.......like it did. Plus we wouldn't have an entire generation of a handful of AAA games.

All props to them, but they ain't two steps ahead.

343_Guilty_Spark57d ago (Edited 57d ago )

You really want to bank on Halo Infinite looking like the reveal on launch day?

All the 343i Halos have looked good

Marquinho57d ago

What does Halo Infinite have to do with "this case"? 😂

I recommend you to read twice before replying.

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djplonker57d ago

sony has had remote play since 2013 lol, just because microsoft finally did it they are 2 steps ahead?

LOL

PyroMessiah8657d ago (Edited 57d ago )

Comparing PSNow/remote play to Gamepass and xcloud is like comparing a 1980s Skoda to Ferrari. They are not in the same league at all.

crazyCoconuts57d ago

@pyro, no, it's just not. MS may leapfrog Sony in certain ways, but they're not even out in production yet so we can't tell. PSNow has been doing this for quite some time. And for the record, Remote Play was around for a lot longer than Microsoft's console streaming, and last I checked Remote Play was still better.

ZeroBlue257d ago (Edited 57d ago )

@pyro How so? I always hear people say Gamepass is better than Psnow, but having tried both, the only difference I really notice is that PSNow has a far better library of games.

Marquinho57d ago

"Remote Play"... you gotta be kidding. You need to be on the same LAN for that, and it isn't integrated to PS Now.

Bruh57d ago

Wait I'm confused isn't Remote Play basically screen mirroring your PS4 and then launching the PS Now app? Or is there a dedicated PS Now application that lets you just stream the catalog straight to your phone?

Because if its the former, Game Pass streaming is much better than Remote Play in that aspect. As its native streaming to your phone without the need for any kind of console to mirror from

rainslacker57d ago

@pyro

Not really. We see people all the time acting like what Sony has doesbt exist, or is way behind the curve. People have been disregarding psnow and saying xcloud was better before MS even had their xcloud alpha. Game pass and psnow are directly comparable, because they both offer downloads. As to which is better, I guess it depends on what you want from the service. Psnow has a lot of really good games on it. The only thing it's really lacking is day one games that MS puts on their service. The libraries for each are different, but both offer a decent variety

derektweed157d ago

Can you play games that you don't own on a phone or tablet without a physical console using remote play?

DJStotty56d ago

You need a PS4 for remote play, you do not need hardware for xcloud.

You really do live up to your username

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FyBy57d ago

Microsoft has solid strategy now backed by lot of money. But in the future, it can be profitable. They are not two step ahead of anyone. PS Now is here long time. Sony didnt push it so hard, but they have the tech and they have the money. They simply believe in console hardware more.

But Microsoft hadnt other way. They couldnt go same way like Sony another gen. So what they made is great, but not two steps ahead :-).

ZeroBlue257d ago

They're one step ahead by doing what Playstation has already done with a much better games library?

Automatic7956d ago (Edited 56d ago )

It really does come down to execution. PS Now started streaming service before Google, EA, Ubisoft and Xbox. It is well documented that streaming at least through PSNow had lag and bugs. Instead of Sony improving service and growing service, Sony allowed Xbox to come in with a download service that did very well due to actually allowing for you to download games as opposed to streaming. The fidelity input was 1 to 1 as opposed to lag Sony offered. A year later Sony adapted by letting you download games but instead of the 700 games people praise on this thread you were only able to download a hundred games (may be less or more) not entire library. Again execution was poor. You add the already negative stigma PS Now had, not allowing you to download all games already diminishes what Xbox offered. Now Xbox is pushing ahead with Xbox GamePass Ultimate on Console, PC and Streaming on mobile all, plus Xbox Live all for one price under Ultimate Xbox GamePass and you can see why Xbox GamePass has an overall better value. PS Now has stepped up however, sony does not have a great rotation of new games and Xbox is investing today and in the future with first party and third party content creating the best place for gamers. I hope this explains why Xbox GamePass is a better value. Please feel free to let me know if you disagree.

lifeisgamesok57d ago

😂 people really think Xcloud and these other services will really take the world by storm...

I don't see it happening

Shaggy230457d ago

@Marquinho

You said "Microsoft's strategy is one step ahead in almost every aspect. Two steps in this case"

I said that Microsoft could not be described as being two steps ahead or else we wouldn't have Halo Infinite looking like a turd. I further said that we hadn't had many good AAA games this generation, which further proves their strategy this gen is anything but one step ahead let alone two.

Seems fairly reasonable response to me.

Christopher57d ago

If they were ahead, they would have had this before PSNow and Stadia....

Marquinho57d ago

Game Pass + xCloud is everything PS Now and Stadia should've been in my opinion. Their library is unmatched and the On-Demand service is unique in comparison. If Game Pass performance is an indicator (offering great speed and stability around the globe even during lock down), both PS now and Stadia will be lagging in the overall comparison starting next month.

Chances are that even without Game Pass, xCloud woud've ahead in terms of either content and/or performance.

Christopher57d ago

The library is not unmatched. PSNow has a lot of the same library but even more games. You can't objectively say that, especially not next to facts.

And I still claim your original comment to be in bad form as you're trying to rewrite history. Xbox played catch up and went further than Sony and Google in some areas but still doesn't surpass in others.

Stadia had direct controller connection to the internet, not hardware connected. Latency and response are the best there. It also is entirely free at 1080p and has the best 4k streaming so far.

PSNow has more games and is less than half the cost of Game Pass Ultimate. The only thing it can't do is stream to Android devices and do it at 1080p.

All of these companies have their strengths and weakness none of them surpass the other entirely.

Marquinho57d ago (Edited 57d ago )

I can objectively say that Game Pass has a much more appealing library than PS Now. XGP has a more up to date catalogue with 1st parties being available from day one. Even 3rd parties join the service at a very much faster rate. I.E. While XGP has RDR2, PS Now has RDR1... while Spider-Man joined PS Now in April, almost 2 years after its release, just to leave it in 3 months... 1st/2nd parties will remain on Game Pass indefinitely as it stands now. Even timed exclusives like The Medium, Scorn and others are following suit.

When talking about Microsoft's strategy being ahead I'm not only talking about cloud gaming, but backwards compatibility, console engineering, partnerships, xbox anywhere, studios founding/acquisitions and infrastructure (from what I can quickly recall ) - Sony will rely on Azure's infrastructure for their cloud service btw https://engt.co/3gwKbwP - and they're also making other bold moves like making most of their games join Steam, which is paying off already. Making Halo Infinite Multiplayer Free 2 Play in both platformsa is also something nobody saw coming and could attract tons of PC Players to the ecosystem, and Game Pass. Heck, there are even strong signs of them getting rid of Xbox Live Gold in favor of Game Pass and it will be a market shaker if that occurs.

Based on this, I'd say Microsoft's is a much broader, aggressive and ambitious take on the next generation. Google and Playstation are focusing on their niche: cloud gaming and 1st parties respectively, but they don't really seem to be ahead in any other aspect. They're playing catch up from where I see it.

Where Microsoft is undeniably lagging behind is exclusives, I give you that, but they seem to be working full steam on also fixing that out. From the 3, I see Microsoft's strategy being more vast and complex. They're taking risks, indeed, but nobody dethroned a king without taking them.

RazzerRedux57d ago

"I can objectively say that Game Pass has a much more appealing library than PS Now. "

Nothing "objective" about your personal opinion at all.