Today, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer published a blog announcing that in September 2020, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will include access to cloud gaming at no additional cost. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members will be able to play more than 100 Xbox Game Pass titles on their mobile device from the cloud as part of their membership. Launching cloud gaming into the existing Xbox ecosystem across devices was a natural next step, complementary to the work being done on the next-gen Xbox Series X console and with PC gaming on Windows.
The blog post also detailed a set of commitments Xbox is making to players as gaming transitions into its next generation. With the next evolution of gaming hardware later this year, the emergence of new ways to play like cloud gaming and gaming subscription services, and more opportunity for gamers to play together across platforms, the next generation of gaming will look significantly different than any before it. In this new landscape, Xbox is committing to policies such as:
- Players will always be welcome – a commitment backed up with community support, empowering creators of different backgrounds to bring diverse content to our platform, and the acceleration of new technology to reduce hate speech and toxicity.
- Players will not be forced into the next generation. Xbox Game Studios titles shipped in the next few years will play great on Xbox Series X and Xbox One, and Xbox will continue to support cross-play so that gamers and their friends can play together across platforms, as well as across console generations.
- With Xbox’s “Smart Delivery” technology, players can buy supporting titles once and play across console generations at no cost. Highly anticipated titles like “Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla” and “Cyberpunk 2077” will support Smart Delivery.
- Players can play new Xbox Game Studios titles on the day they launch with Xbox Game Pass.