Good news for Xbox fans as Phil Spencer offers update on huge Game Pass feature

Good news for Xbox fans as Phil Spencer offers update on huge Game Pass feature
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Written by 

Jack Marsh

Published 

19th Feb 2024 16:18

It's been a busy 2024 for Microsoft already, as the gaming giants appear to be gearing up for the next era of console wars, moving on from simple next-gen sales to tee up a year of jostling over platform exclusivity.

Xbox appears to be taking a new approach though, simply opening its doors to absolutely anything, laying down its weapons, and sharing its artillery with anyone who wants it.

Off the back of opening up previously exclusive titles to Sony and PlayStation and adding premium titles onto Game Pass, the era of Xbox sharing is upon us, and it seems Cloud Gaming is the next to begin expanding beyond exclusive barriers.

Non-Game Pass titles could be coming to Xbox Cloud Gaming in 2024

 

The ethos of "more ways to play" appears to be the message that Xbox is living and dying by in 2024, and it looks like Cloud Gaming is the next Microsoft feature to get some TLC, with non-Game Pass titles reportedly set to land on the on-the-go system.

Straight from the horse's mouth itself, Xbox previously revealed that Game Pass Ultimate members will be able to play "select games they already own or have purchased outside the Xbox Game Pass library," but since that statement back in 2022, nothing of the kind has happened.

That is until later this year, as Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox, has now said that selected owned games "should be" coming to Xbox Cloud Gaming "this year". 

Xbox Cloud Gaming set for a huge 2024

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As to which titles this may refer to, well, who knows? The likelihood is that Xbox might start quite small, with a few easily accessible non-Game Pass titles, before hedging towards some more blockbuster games that could work on the smaller engines.

Already, Cloud Gaming users do have access to the likes of Starfield, DOOM Eternal, The Outer Worlds, and even Halo Infinite, which only opens up the possibilities of the biggest gaming franchises in the world all landing on the Cloud Gaming service too.

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If we do want any more Xbox updates though, it looks like DM'ing Phil on Xbox is the best and typically Microsoft way of getting them.

Jack is an Esports Journalist at GGRecon. Graduating from the University of Chester, with a BA Honours degree in Journalism, Jack is an avid esports enthusiast and specialises in Rocket League, Call of Duty, VALORANT, and trending gaming news.

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