In a move that isn’t surprising to anyone who has watched the company over the past year, Microsoft has announced that its Xbox Game Pass streaming platform will hit more screens in the spring of 2021
Both moves have been spotted by Microsoft and leaked elsewhere, and they are following in the footsteps of Microsoft’s streaming competition: NVIDIA GeForce NOW, Google Stadia and Amazon’s new Luna. They all had to overcome a platform hurdle for iOS, Apple’s effective blocking of third-party game streaming services in the App Store. Following the announcement or rollout of browser-based streaming apps, all major game streaming services now have plans for a web solution on the iPhone or iPad.
But the confirmation from a streaming PC app may be more impressive. By giving Game Pass Ultimate subscribers access to games on a Windows PC, with or without the dedicated graphics card required for the PC games already available for download through the Pass, Microsoft is pushing Xbox as a gaming platform that doesn’t require it is each new hardware. For $ 15 a month, you can play a fantastic library of games (including a small but remarkable selection of exclusive ones) with just a cheap laptop or phone. It’s a positive position for a company also trying to sell new game consoles, the Xbox Series X and Series S.
It’s worth pointing out that Microsoft did not say it would provide the same streaming access to Mac users, and recent hints for a smart TV application have been omitted from this post. I would say that they will not be on the way in early 2021, but not that they are not being worked on at all. Microsoft’s Game Pass strategy is about being anywhere, anytime.
In addition to streaming to iOS and Windows PCs, Microsoft has announced that Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is coming to new markets: Australia, Brazil, Japan and Mexico.