Xbox’s game streaming services have so far been limited to titles inside the Xbox Game Pass line-up – but that will change later this year.
No release date has been announced as yet, but Xbox says that Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will soon gain the ability to stream select games they own, even if they’re not part of Game Pass. No specific titles have been announced as yet, nor has Xbox explained if the intent is to make all games playable through streaming as well as disc/download.
It appears no such option is coming for game owners that are not subscribers to Game Pass Ultimate.
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Speaking in a briefing for media, CVP of Gaming Experiences & Platforms, Ashley McKissick said, “Gamers are not shy with their feedback, which is awesome. And so one of the things that they told us, it’s like, ‘Hey, we would love to be able to stream games that we own even if they’re not in the Game Pass catalog.’
“And so later this year if you are an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate member, you will be able to stream from the cloud games you purchase and also games you already own as long as they’re cloud enabled in the catalog.”
Xbox’s streaming options have been growing for years at this point. Starting from a small test for the service, then referred to as xCloud, Xbox Cloud Gaming has since become more fully-fledged. Since then, Xbox has announced its intention to bring streaming options to TVs, confirmed it’s working on a streaming stick, brought streaming to its consoles, and more.
This new move appears to be a step towards not just expanding where you can play cloud games, but which games you can play.