Here’s Everything You Need to Take Full Advantage of Cloud Gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate | IGN

Project xCloud is now officially Cloud Gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and with the new service launching for users on September 15, it is well worth considering your options to fully take advantage of the new service.

We’re going to run through a few things to help you on your way, including the best deals on Xbox Game Pass, any equipment you might want to invest in to make mobile gaming that little bit more accessible, alongside information on the brand new games launching on Game Pass in the latter end of September.

Official Mobile Gaming Accessories and the Best Xbox Game Pass Deals

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If you want to take full advantage of Cloud Gaming as well, you’ll want to consider getting either the officially licensed Razer Kishi or 8Bitdo Mobile Gaming Clip. Both of these will work wonders for mobile gaming, while the big difference is usability and price. The Kishi is $79.99 and attaches to either side of your device, while the 8Bitdo clip attaches your phone to an Xbox controller instead, and is a lot cheaper at $14.99. You’re probably going to want to invest in some decent headphones for either of these options as well.

You should also remember that EA Play is set to also game to Ultimate during Holiday 2020, presumably coinciding with the Series X and Series S launch, at no added cost. We’ve often said Game Pass is one of the best deals available at the moment, even without the discounts, and it’s certainly living up to it.

What’s New to Xbox Game Pass in September?

6 Here's Everything You Need to Take Full Advantage of Cloud Gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate | IGN

  • Company of Heroes 2 (PC) – September 17
  • Destiny 2: Shadowkeep & Forsaken (Android & Console) – September 22
  • Halo 3: ODST (Android & PC) – September 22
  • Night in the Woods (Android, Console, PC) ID@Xbox – September 24
  • Warhammer: Vermintide 2 (Android & Console) ID@Xbox – September 24

What is Cloud Gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate?

Cloud Gaming is the brand new service being introduced with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, the highest tier in the Game Pass subscription service on Xbox and PC. It is still currently in the Beta stage, but available to everyone who is currently an Ultimate member, alongside any other users that sign up to the service. But, it is still only an option for Android users, as the Apple App Store version is still not available.

Game Pass Ultimate also includes your Xbox Live Gold subscription, access to hundreds of games on your Xbox consoles and your PC. Xbox has currently confirmed over 100 games will be available to stream to your mobile devices from launch day, with more being added at a later date. You’ll need to download the Xbox Game Pass (Beta) app to play, we’ve included a link to the Google Play Store page, here.

Does Cloud Gaming Cost Any Extra?

Put simply, no. Current Ultimate members will not have to pay an extra fee to get access to Cloud Gaming, and neither will any new members. The price of Ultimate is staying the same, $14.99 per month, and you will be getting Cloud Gaming included in that.

How Much Data Does Cloud Gaming Use?

This is a big money question. The official answer Xbox provides is “Exact data consumption will depend on usage. Please consult your ISP or mobile data provider for more information on your data plan.” So it’s somewhat up in the air. However, according to Windows Central, the service averaged about 2.36GB per hour in data usage during private xCloud beta.

This might seem like a lot, especially if your current data plan isn’t massive. But, when you compare this to the average YouTube video at 720p, the same resolution Cloud Gaming aims for, YouTube consumes a very similar 2GB per hour.

On the surface level, this is pretty good, and you could certainly game with the same level of caution as watching YouTube videos on the go. So, let’s hypothetically say your data cap is a generous 100GB of data. You could therefore get around 40 hours of gameplay before your fun comes to an abrupt stop.

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Robert Anderson is a Commerce Writer for IGN. You can follow him @robertliam21

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