After a lengthy wait, Xbox have announced during the Tokyo Games Show that the Beta version of Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud) will finally be made available today in Australia, alongside Brazil, Japan and Mexico. From today as well, Xbox have partnered with Telstra as their ‘exclusive telco partner’, presumably to promote the service across their nbn and 5G networks.
The service allows subscribers to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to play over 100 Xbox Game Pass titles on multiple devices – not just on their Xbox. Supported Windows PCs, Android phones and tablets can all stream this selection of Xbox games, using the cloud to handle the heavy lifting of processing. Normally, you’ll need to use a Bluetooth gamepad to replicate the experience of playing an Xbox game, but a handful of games including Minecraft Dungeons and Hades will also support touch controls, allowing them to be played on a phone or tablet without a need to grab a controller.
Xbox have also confirmed that Back 4 Blood, Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite will support the service at their launch. You can download the Xbox Game Pass app to get started for yourself on your device, and find ‘Cloud’ enabled games in the library.