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An xCloud Game Streaming Beta Is Coming to Android Today for Game Pass Ultimate Subscribers

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We’ve been covering Microsoft’s xCloud service since its original reveal and then across how games with play across custom virtual controls and controllers on mobile platforms. Microsoft recently announced the launch countries and release date for xCloud (game streaming). This will be included with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. For iOS users who are looking forward to xCloud, things aren’t looking great in the near future thanks to Apple. Today, Microsoft will roll out an update to the Xbox Game Pass Beta app on Google Play to allow Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers early access to the service. The Verge reports that this will include about 30 games.

The full launch is still planned for September 15th but if you’re on Android and are an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriber, you can sample the game streaming service from today. You need to download the Xbox Game Pass (beta) app from Google Play here. Microsoft has a partnership with Samsung for an even better Xbox Game Pass app available through Samsung’s own Galaxy store on mobile. It is going to be interesting to see how long Apple and Microsoft take to come to some compromise and get the app out for iOS. I’m not expecting anything soon given how long it took Valve to get Apple to approve the Steam Link app. Have you tried xCloud through the limited iOS preview that is now over or through the Android one?

[Source: The Verge]

Source: https://toucharcade.com/2020/08/11/microsoft-xcloud-game-streaming-beta-android-release-date-google-play/

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BlizzCon will return as an online-only event in February 2021

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After cancelling this year’s BlizzCon convention due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Blizzard has announced that it will hold a replacement show online. BlizzConline (yep) will be held on February 19th-20th, 2021 with all the latest news around its popular franchises including World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo, Hearthstone and Starcraft.

Blizzard announced major new titles at BlizzCon 2019, including Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2, so we’ll likely get some updates about those. It will also hold a “Community Showcase” that will allow “cosplay crafters, artists, and other community creators to participate in the show and put their talent on display through a mix of world-class competition and exciting exhibitions,” Blizzard wrote.

Those activities might not be as fun online as in-person, but as Blizzard notes, they’ll be more accessible, as gamers from around the world can tune in. The company said it it still has a lot of planning to do and that it would be “some time” before it can reveal more details.

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Microsoft keeps the same price for its new wireless Xbox controllers

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On Tuesday morning Microsoft will start taking pre-orders for its next-generation console family, the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. While the consoles will work with existing Xbox One gamepads, if you want a second Xbox Wireless Controller to maintain the subtle tweaks, low latency connection and dedicated Share button shown off in March, it will cost $60. That’s the same price as its predecessor, and, as Microsoft had confirmed previously, still means it uses AA batteries right out of the box.

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If you’d prefer a play-and-charge solution, Microsoft is selling a rechargeable battery pack and USB-C cable combo for $25, all set for delivery on November 10th along with the new consoles. Sony’s DualSense PS5 gamepad, by comparison, costs $70, but comes with its rechargeable battery built-in. While the Series X comes with an all-black controller and the Series S comes with one that’s all-white, Microsoft will also sell a two-toned Shock Blue version at launch.

The other Xbox accessory we’d like to know more about — that Seagate 1TB expansion SSD — still remains without a price.

Whether or not you’re upgrading to the new systems right away, Microsoft announced that its Xbox Design Lab will go away temporarily on October 14th, so if you’d like to put together a custom controller, then now is the time. It’s supposed to come back in 2021 in an upgraded form, but we don’t have any details on the changes just yet.

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Evening Reading – September 18, 2020

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Good evening Shacknews, it’s finally Friday night. I made it. You made it. We made it. What a week it’s been. There has been a metric tonne of news announced this week, covering all sides of the games industry. It’s a great time to be a gamer, and it’s only going to get better as the year goes on. Now, how about we take a little stroll together across some of our articles here on Shacknews and then take a look at what’s going on around the internet?


In case you missed it at Shacknews:


And now… Other Stuff From The Internet!!!

This time, correlation is 100% causation

There’s a bigger secret happening here. Perhaps IHOP is making bigfoots?


Ruth Bader Ginsberg has passed away

Though many will be sad, now is the time to tap into the anger. Go out and vote. Go out and vote like your life depends on it, because it does.


Aliens confirmed

Cyberpunk really does have it all.


Master of Sneak

Okay. That’s it. I’m getting Among Us.


For the 21yo gamers

I hear it comes with a side of Doritos and an XP bonus for Halo or Call of Duty, dealer’s choice.


Xbox/PS or sheep-thing

I assume the sheep is a Pokeman.


And now, Spelunky 2 death montage!

Phew. That’s a lot of shenanigans.


Price stalemate

Save $100 and lose a disc drive. Worth it? Maybe. Come and tell us what you think of the most recent PlayStation 5 showcase.


Any guesses on what the next PlayStation will be called?

My money’s on PlayStation 6.


Princess Toe-Beans and Beemo

These are Blake’s adorable kitties. Aren’t they cute!


There you have it, Shacknews, your Evening Reading for September 18, 2020. Please consider subscribing to Shacknews Mercury to support our site for as little as $1/month. Here’s a photo of Rad and me for your viewing pleasure! He’s getting to be a big boy these days. Maybe next week I’ll share some photos from when he was but a wee kitty.

What are you up to tonight? Let us know in the Shacknews Chatty comment thread below.

Hailing from the land down under, Sam Chandler is relatively new to the industry, getting his start a few years ago as a writer-for-hire. After bouncing round a few universities, securing a bachelor degree, and finding his feet, he’s found his new family here at Shacknews as a Guides Editor. There’s nothing he loves more than crafting a guide that will help someone. If you need help with a guide, or notice something not quite right, you can Tweet him: @SamuelChandler 

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