Microsoft is still testing Project xCloud, its standalone game streaming service for mobile devices, and Xbox Console Streaming. Both deal in streaming, xCloud just does not require an Xbox One console. Last week, the Xbox Console Streaming program expanded from invite-only to all Xbox Insider users, and this week, xCloud is getting improvements. Those improvements include the addition of several games to the testing lineup.
Most notable is the inclusion of Bungie's Destiny 2, a game that Google was touting heavily for the launch of its Stadia streaming service. Halo: The Master Chief Collection joins Halo 5: Guardians, bringing the entire series to the platform. A few Telltale titles, including The Wolf Among Us and Batman: The Telltale Series, have also now made the jump over to xCloud. The full list of additional games includes:
- Batman: The Enemy Within – The Complete Season
- Batman: The Telltale Series – The Complete Season
- Destiny 2
- Gonner - Blueberry Edition
- Halo: The Master Chief Collection
- Kingdom Two Crowns
- Portal Knights
- Sid Meier's Civilization 6
- The Surge
- Tracks – The Train Set Game
- Train Sim World 2019
- Wasteland 2: Directors Cut
- The Wolf Among Us
Even in Preview, xCloud is shaping up to be a great addition to the overall Xbox platform. I tested the Preview in a home setting last year and I found a service that works exceedingly well for untethering yourself while staying within your home. Out and about, the service is a bit fuzzier, but it isn't any worse than its competition. But being able to load up Devil May Cry 5, Forza Horizon 4, Soulcalibur 6, or Halo: The Master Chief Collection on my phone and have my progress sync up with my Xbox Live account is pretty great.
There is currently no official release date for Project xCloud. Microsoft will continue to test the service on Android devices, but iOS device support is planned as well. Project xCloud will also be receiving support for Sony's DualShock 4 and other Bluetooth controllers. Microsoft recently expanded xCloud testing to South Korea, with Canada, India, Japan, and Western Europe coming this year.