Microsoft announces expansion of catalog of games that can be played in cloud gaming from XCloud. Some backward compatible Xbox and Xbox 360 titles can now be played.
Ironically, the week Sony confirmed it closed its stores on PS3, PS Vita and PSP, Microsoft was making a new movement to perpetuate its history in video games. This is the logical consequence of its xCloud-based cloud gaming service: the company will soon be releasing the Xbox One S and Xbox Series X on its servers. However, these consoles lag behind Xbox and Xbox 360 games, so we can imagine playing these games in cloud gaming.
This is exactly what Microsoft announced. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can now enjoy a selection of lagging compatible games from Microsoft, Android today and soon from any cloud gaming compatible device from PC and iOS.
List of backward custom games that can be played in cloud gaming
In these first games available, we noticed that all the titles came from Microsoft Studios or from Bethesda, which recently acquired 16 titles.
- Double dragon neon
- Story II
- Fall: New Vegas
- Gears of War 2
- Gears of War3
- Gears of War: Judgment
- Jetpack refueled (touch controls available)
- Perfect Dark
- Perfect Dark Zero
- The Elder Scrolls III: Moroind
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- Viva Pinata (touch controls available)
- Viva Pinata: Tip (touch controls available)
The arrival of older games in the cloud gaming catalog will require re-negotiations on the game’s publishing agreement, and we can easily assume that Microsoft would like to test with its own studios first, where negotiations are much easier.
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We can now find Oblivion, Gears of War series or Viva Pinata games directly from an Android smartphone.
This is not the first
The backward compatibility that has been nice for many years at the Xbox is easy to get away with by hype. However, it should be remembered that in this area, Microsoft was not the first to consolidate backward compatibility in the cloud gaming subscription.
The PS Now catalog, Sony’s cloud gaming service, includes the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2 games, which are ready to find for all subscribers. This is the same way to play these titles from the PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 console.