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How to play Xbox games on Android

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Streaming video game services are already a reality. We have platforms like Steam Link, which allows us to play PC games from the mobile, or Google Stadia, a cloud gaming service that offers a compelling playable experience (although they still have to improve essential things such as the catalog or the price adjustment). The great advantage of this type of service is that they run on remote hardware, allowing us to run games that otherwise our device would not be able to support natively.

Another excellent example of this would be Microsoft’s Project xCloud, a cloud gaming service that launched in beta in November 2019 and is already available to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers since September 15. If you have Android mobile or tablet and are interested in knowing how it works, we break down all the necessary details to start playing games.

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How to play Xbox games on Android with Project xCloud

Before getting down to work, we must consider the requirements demanded by Microsoft to be able to use Project xCloud on Android.

  • Have a terminal with Android 6.0 or higher.
  • Bluetooth 4.0 or higher.
  • Have a download speed of at least 10Mbps. If we have a weaker internet connection the gaming experience will suffer.

From here, the process of setting up the service is straightforward.

  • Access to Project xCloud requires an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership. The price of the subscription is $14.99 euros per month ($1 the first month). This will give us access to Xbox Live Gold and a library of more than 100 games with which to enjoy on Android, console and PC.
  • Pair your Xbox controller or any other compatible gamepad with your Android device. The connection is made like any other device by Bluetooth.
  • Download and install the Xbox Game Pass app on your mobile.
  • Open the app and sign in with your Microsoft account.
  • Then click on the “Cloud” menu that you will see on the screen.
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  • The app will show us a list of compatible games that we can run from the mobile. Select the title you are interested in and click on “Play” to start the game.

Ready! Currently, the platform has games for all tastes and colors, with titles such as Resident Evil 7, The Outer Worlds, the new Battletoads, Batman: Arkham Knight, The Witcher 3, Minecraft, and many others.

Compatible controllers

As we mentioned a little above, we can use any gamepad compatible with Android. However, if we want the experience to be as immersive as possible, using an official Xbox controller is ideal. Here you have a small selection with our recommendations:

Wireless Core Controller for Xbox One (light grey and green)

  • Up to twice the wireless range of previous controllers.
  • Embossed grip.
  • Includes 3.5mm headphone jack.

Approximate price*: $59 (see on Amazon )

Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Controller (Grey and Blue)

  • Dark grey control with details in light grey and blue. Experience enhanced comfort and touch with textured grip.
  • Connect any headset with the 3.5mm stereo port.
  • Includes 14 days of Game Pass and Xbox Live.
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Approximate price*: $71.9 (see on Amazon )

Xbox One Wireless Controller (Black)

  • Compatible with Xbox One, Xbox One S and Windows 10.
  • Up to twice the wireless range of previous controllers.
  • It has a 3.5mm minijack connector to connect your headset.

Approximate price*: $102 (see on Amazon )

Note*: The approximate price of each controller is the one indicated on the manufacturer’s website or point of sale at the time of writing this article. Its price can vary considerably depending on the date and store we consult.


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