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How to play Xbox games on your Android phone


One of the clear advantages of game streaming is that it does the bulk of the processing in the cloud, meaning that it removes a lot of the bottlenecks involved when it comes to hardware limitations. It also opens up the possibility of being able to play games on devices that it might not necessarily have been intended for.

A perfect example of this would be Microsoft’s Project xCloud which is a game streaming service that has since officially been launched, and if playing Xbox games on your Android smartphone sounds like something you might be interested in, here’s everything you need to know on how to start.

How to play Xbox games on Android

  1. Sign up for an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. It is priced at $14.99 a month and it is currently the only Xbox Game Pass tier that will let you stream Android games on your Android smartphone.
  2. Pair your Xbox controller or any compatible game controller of your choice with your smartphone (check out our guide here if you’re unsure how)
  3. Download and install the Xbox Game Pass app from the Google Play Store
  4. Launch the app and sign into your Microsoft account
  5. Tap on the Cloud tab at the top of the app
  6. You’ll be able to see a list of games available, tap “Play” under the game that you want to play and you’re good to go

Do take note that you will need to have an Android device that is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or later, and your device will also need to have Bluetooth 4.0 or newer. As for internet connectivity, obviously connecting to WiFi would be ideal, but if you’re on the go, you should have at least 10Mbps of download speeds in order to have a good experience. Anything less and you could run into issues.

Keep in mind you can also connect an Xbox controlled to your Android smartphone for a more immersive gaming experience. If you don’t already have one, our recommended picks are below.

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Tyler Lee
A graphic novelist wannabe. Amateur chef. Mechanical keyboard enthusiast. Writer of tech with over a decade of experience. Juggles between using a Mac and Windows PC, switches between iOS and Android, believes in the best of both worlds.

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