Best Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud) games 2021


    Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud) games
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    Project xCloud is finally live, now known as Xbox Game Pass Cloud Gaming. It adds dozens of the best Xbox games to mobile devices through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. For a low monthly sub, you can instantly access dozens of great games via the cloud, streaming them directly to your Android device (and soon, iOS and PC via the web). What games are actually well suited to the service, though? Which games take advantage of the best phones for Xbox Cloud Gaming, or the best tablets for Xbox Cloud Gaming to their full potential? Here are our top picks, with pros and cons, including latency, screen size, and other features. And remember, all of your save progress from all of these titles automatically syncs to your Xbox home console too.

    Project xCloud is now Xbox Game Pass Cloud Gaming, giving access to over 150 games right on your Android device. Microsoft hasn’t got the service onto iOS yet due to Apple’s draconian App Store policies, but if the service takes off on Android, we expect Apple will eventually cave to the pressure.

    Games like Mutant Year Zero and Thronebreaker make for great titles in environments where you don’t have the best pings. Since they’re turn-based, you can be sure that an inopportune lag spike will get you killed, and you can play at your own pace. The same thing goes for Two Point Hospital and Untitled Goose Game, which have relatively low-stakes, slower-paced play. For better connections, you can run more action-packed games like Children of Morta and Carrion, which benefit from fixed camera angles for better responsiveness from the video feed. Lately I’ve been playing a lot of Dragon Quest XI on Xbox Game Pass, and its turn-based nature makes it a great option for gaming on the go.

    The game at the top of the list, though, is easily Minecraft Dungeons, which is one of the few games to support full touch controls. As an action RPG, Minecraft Dungeons lets you and up to three other friends jump into Minecraft’s famed blocky world, tackling various adventures that threaten the innocent villagers of the land. Create epic builds, find rare gear, and do it all from your phone, with save files that sync directly to your Xbox console at home too.

    Be sure to take a look at our roundup of best Xbox One controller phone mount clips to attach your Xbox controller for xCloud gaming, too!

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    Jez Corden is a full-time writer for Windows Central, focusing on Xbox, Surface, and Windows PC. He spends the vast majority of his time gaming or writing about gaming, with a mission to provide gamers in the Microsoft ecosystem the best and most up-to-date info possible.

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