Microsoft has said the launch will roll out to 25 regions, initially rolling out to a “subset of Xbox gamers” before scaling to all players in supported markets over the coming weeks – with Brazil coming at a later date.
For a long time, Xbox Cloud Gaming has been in beta, but it has only been available on mobile devices, PC, and for Xbox Insiders on console. Although the service is still in development, it is now available to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers.
There are a number of benefits to using Xbox Cloud Gaming, the main one being that it means those on Xbox One – who don’t own an Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S – can now play some next-gen games like Recompile, The Medium, and The Riftbreaker. While the selection isn’t huge now, Microsoft has said that it will add more Xbox Series X/S games in the future, with Microsoft Flight Simulator becoming available in early 2022.
Xbox Cloud Gaming is available to use on console right now but, as we’ve said before, you need an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription to access it. If you already have the subscription, then simply look for the Cloud icon on your dashboard.
All Xbox console owners (with the Ultimate subscription) will also benefit from being able to play Xbox Game Pass games before they’re installed on their consoles. So, for example, if you decided you want to jump into Halo Infinite multiplayer for the first time with friends, you can play Halo Infinite via Cloud Gaming straight away, without having to wait until it installs on your Xbox. Cloud Gaming will even save space on your hard drive for games you plan to keep playing.
If you don’t have Xbox Game Pass Ultimate then don’t fret, as we’re coming up to the perfect time to pick up a subscription at a discount. Black Friday 2021 will likely see retailers offering Xbox Game Pass deals that could allow you to pick up a subscription for less.
What’s more, a sweet entry deal from Microsoft means you can pick up your first month for just a $1 / £1 trial price before the big day. But, while that seems mighty tempting, we suggest holding out for Black Friday because, if Microsoft decides to repeat a previous offer, we expect to see this extended to three months as part of their Black Friday deals.