It was all the way back in late February that Microsoft announced it would be bringing Xbox and Activision Blizzard games to Nvidia's GeForce Now service, and that process has begun today with the arrival of Gears 5.
In addition, three more Xbox titles (the PC versions) will be landing on GeForce Now before the end of May 2023, with Deathloop, Pentiment and Grounded all set to make their debuts on Thursday, May 25th.
"We’re thrilled to share that starting today, NVIDIA GeForce NOW cloud gaming members in the U.K., the U.S., the European Union and around the world can stream Gears 5, and on May 25 will be able to enjoy fan-favorites Deathloop, Grounded, and Pentiment."
If you're not aware, GeForce Now is a cloud gaming service that allows you to play titles that you own through Nvidia's own servers. The Steam and Epic Games Store versions (where applicable) of these titles will be accessible via the GeForce Now service, and support for the Microsoft Store will also be available within the next few months.
"Members will be able to stream PC hits from Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda purchased through Steam or Epic Games Store (for eligible games) on PC, Mac, SHIELD TV, and Android devices – or by visiting play.geforcenow.com on Chromebook and iOS Safari. Our teams are also working to bring support for games purchased through the Microsoft Store in the coming months."
Of course, if you're an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate member, you can already play these games through Xbox Cloud Gaming, but for those who don't subscribe to Xbox Game Pass — or those who simply prefer to play their Xbox games on Steam instead — this might end up proving really useful. It's nice to have the option, anyway!
Xbox boss Phil Spencer also chipped in earlier today, calling it a "milestone" announcement:
Of course, this is all related to Microsoft's attempted acquisition of Activision Blizzard, and the company has once again confirmed today that it's planning to bring PC games from Xbox Game Studios, Bethesda and eventually Activision Blizzard to a "variety of cloud gaming services" including the likes of Boosteroid, Ubitus, EE and Nware.