Microsoft will let you stream non-Game Pass titles – but not yet

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Back in June, Microsoft made an interesting promise about the future of Xbox Cloud Gaming:

“We’re excited to share that later this year, our plan is to roll out the ability for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to play, from the cloud, certain games they already own or have purchased outside of the cloud. from the Xbox Game Pass library,” wrote Will Tuttle, editor of the official Xbox Thread (opens in a new tab) Blog.

For a brief shiny moment on August 9, gamers thought they were getting a glimpse of these “selected games.” But sadly, the next big Xbox experience was simply a flaw on Microsoft’s website.

Some background info: At this time, you can stream Xbox Game Pass games to a web browser, console, or mobile device. But the same feature is not available for games you own. So if you own an Xbox game that isn’t available through Game Pass, you can play it on your home console, and that’s about it. Before the end of 2022, Microsoft aims to change that.

However, some sharp-eyed Twitter and Reddit users thought the upgrade might be a little more imminent than that. Klobrille on Twitter, ManejadorDe Espadas on Reddit and a handful of other users were browsing the Microsoft store when they noticed strange tags on games such as Elden Ring and Grand Theft Auto V. Even though these games are not on Xbox Game Pass, they had symbols cloud next to their titles, or “play” the shortcuts in the URL. These are usually reserved for Xbox Game Pass titles with cloud gaming functionality.

With Microsoft having a big presence at Gamescom in a few weeks, social media fans felt the company might be bracing for a big announcement. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Microsoft contacted Eurogamer to confirm that cloud listings were a bug, and the company has since fixed the issue.

Admittedly, that doesn’t completely rule out the possibility that Microsoft may announce some of its select cloud gaming titles at Gamescom. But we wouldn’t consider any of the games fans found to be part of a definitive slate, and we couldn’t say for sure whether the feature will actually be available in the coming weeks.

The good news is that Microsoft is definitely working to expand its cloud gaming services, and a representative told us firsthand during our Samsung Smart TV demo. We don’t know the release date or scope of the project, but maybe we’ll learn something new at Gamescom.

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