Microsoft sends more Project xCloud preview and teases “big” news at X019 next week

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Microsoft kicked off the Project xCloud public beta in the US, the UK and South Korea last month, and if you didn’t receive your invite yet, you may now get the chance to get in. Xbox’s Major Nelson announced earlier today that Microsoft has started sending out more Project xCloud invitations, and you still have time to register if you want to get early access to the company’s cloud gaming service.

As of today, the Project xCloud public beta only provides access to four Xbox Game Studios titles: Gears 5, Halo 5: Guardians, Sea of Thieves, and Killer Instinct. To try the service, you’ll need a Bluetooth-enabled Xbox Wireless controller, as well as a phone or tablet running Android 6 or newer. Microsoft hasn’t said yet when the service will be available on other devices, including iPhones, iPads, or PCs. With Google Stadia launching on November 19, it may be time for Microsoft to finally share more details about Project xCloud, and a tweet on the Xbox Twitter account just teased “big Project xCloud news” at X019 next week.

We have yet to hear about the business model for Project xCloud, and there will hopefully be some synergies with Xbox Game Pass. It would probably be too much to ask Xbox Game Pass subscribers to pay for an additional subscription to access the cloud gaming service, especially when Google Stadia and Sony’s PlayStation Now service now cost just $9.99/month. Microsoft probably can’t ask for more than that for an Xbox Game Pass/Project xCloud monthly bundle, but we’ll see if the company is finally ready to discuss pricing details at X019 next week.