Update: Microsoft has now issued a response to the discovery of multiple non-Xbox Game Pass games supposedly heading to Xbox Cloud Gaming, suggesting that a "bug" was involved in their appearance.
Here's what the company told Eurogamer earlier today:
"We're aware of a bug that incorrectly displayed some titles as available with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. We rolled out a fix and this is now updated."
Despite this, nothing has been mentioned about whether these games will still be joining Xbox Cloud Gaming in the future and they were just displayed too early, or whether they won't be coming to the service in any capacity whatsoever.
Before the statement, over 30 games appeared to have been uncovered for xCloud, which you can see below.
Original story: Here's an interesting find, Twitter user @Knoelbelbroet has discovered the Xbox store pages for Elden Ring, Grand Theft Auto V and even Soul Hackers now include a "Cloud Gaming Beta" label.
These games are currently not featured as part of the Xbox Game Pass program, which has led to speculation about a possible Gamescom announcement later this month that would allow GP subscribers to play certain games they already own via the cloud.
Windows Central editor Jez Corden added to this, in response to Klobrille's post about this feature being originally announced in June:
Here's what Xbox had to say about this a couple of months ago as well:
"We’re excited to share that later this year, it’s our intent to roll out the ability for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to play, from the cloud, select games they already own or have purchased outside the Xbox Game Pass library."
Would you be interested in playing the above-mentioned games via the cloud? Leave a comment below.
[source twitter.com, via videogameschronicle.com]
This is huge. If they can make most of our library available via the cloud it’s a big step forward.
Even if it’s just the newer games it’s a valuable add. I have found myself away recently and unable to continue the current game I was playing via the cloud.
Plus It’s already amazing that I can play a game like Skyrim and it picks up my save from a decade ago on X360, if they can complete this circle it is one of the key missing pieces of the Xbox / Game Pass puzzle.
Really glad this is happening. I like being able to switch between console and my phone (with Razer Kishi). Hopefully lots of games get added!
Glad this is happening, I've been asking on Twitter when is this coming.
This would be amazing. Love to see more and more games that can be played this way when being underway. Now we just need that dedicated streaming device and we're golden
I'm all for this. I think any big blockbuster game, and any hugely popular indie game, should be added to cloud gaming by default.
So Elden Ring would be free on Cloud gaming?
@Dezzy70 Only if you already own it. That's what's being speculated, anyway.
@Dezzy70 No. You'd be able to play it if you own it.
Wasn't this always the endgame? To allow people to play whatever they owned via the Cloud? I feel like this was explicitly said by Microsoft/Xbox years ago.
@Markatron84 Almost a decade ago, this was part of Don Mattrick's infamous XB1 vision plan. Series X|S era seems to very much be Don Mattrick's XB1 vision visualized but with a few tweaks.
Great news for those that want and need this.
Ive yet to have a streaming session with any service which was not compromised, either by noticable Input lag, reduced resolution or both. As such, its not useful to me as I can play locally with no compromises and I have no need to to play on the move.
For those more mobile than myself though , I see the attraction, and the more these features are rolled out and supported, the better the tech will get till there's no compromise. Then well all be on the cloud, out or not!
I still think theres a couple of gens left though, as infrastructure in some countries is still lagging..
Ok got it now, as if it was free I was gonna say what about game pass.
Still a move forward though for cloud gaming so that’s good.
Ok got it now thank you.
@Grumblevolcano yeah, also more recently I'm sure that Phil Spencer said that he wanted a player's purchases to be playable on the cloud as well. I thought this end goal was common knowledge.
@Markatron84 @Grumblevolcano It’s those few tweaks that make all the difference. The trouble with Mattrick’s vision was it all or nothing. Which is the issue people had. MS’s current goals have options.
"Our long-term aspiration is to make xCloud a great way for new gamers to come into the ecosystem. (…) Now, we want to give people the ability to buy. We've talked about that. We don't want to make it just about the subscription because we know certain people want to be able to buy their games and still play them via the cloud. So they get that convenience feature of being connected to their library. There's so much opportunity as we're looking at new screens that we can bring xCloud to. It opens up massive device categories that we don't even really think about today in terms of where these games can show up."
Xbox head Phil Spencer wants to make Cloud Gaming (Project xCloud) games available for purchase without a subscription
The xbox insider xcloud program had a "stream your console to your phone/tablet" mode, which allowed you to stream games from your library, already. Is that not a thing anymore?
@PhhhCough Yeah, it's still a thing. But having these games available via xCloud means you'll theoretically be able to buy them and play them without ever requiring access to a console.
Looks like this isn't happening then...
Just to clarify, does Xbox's cloud gaming service differ from GPU cloud gaming AND/OR streaming directly from your home console?
I've been streaming every XBONE/Series X game I own on my series X to my iPhone recently using a Backbone, including Elden Ring, so I'm a bit confused here.
So much for everyone who were certain it was really happening lol
I think it’s still happening it’s just a glitch that they revealed it early. Keep in mind they’ve haven’t denied it just fixed the “work around” that let you “peek”.
@PanFriedSoup The cloud gaming service is different from console streaming as you don't need an Xbox to use it. With cloud gaming the game is run from their servers to your device.
So it looks like this leak may have just been someone setting wrong flags on some store pages. I'm not putting much stock in this.
I do expect them to expand the scope of their cloud services now they're pushing towards "console-less" options for gaming directly on TVs and a streaming stick in the works. Something like allowing you to play games you've otherwise bought that are on the cloud for no additional cost (or included in Xbox Gold) where they're already on the cloud through GPU may be the simplest step.
Going from there to having non GP games (like Elden Ring) available would likely include further licensing considerations and costs.
I'm glad that they added Fortnite to Cloud gaming as that's super popular, and compared to Geforce Now which was the only other option for iOS devices the graphics are much better and it's less restrictive on play time than the free tier.
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