Xbox has taken the first step to bring its videogames to GeForce Nowafter the recent signing of a 10-year agreement between Microsoft and NVIDIA. gear 5 It is the first PC title belonging to Xbox Games Studios that is offered from today on the aforementioned cloud gaming platform, but soon it will not be the only one.
According to announced those of Redmond, next Thursday, May 25, three other proposals will be added: deathloop, penance and Grounded. In this way, the decade-long link between Xbox and GeForce Now is launched, through which Microsoft managed to add NVIDIA as an ally in its bid with regulators to obtain approval for the purchase of Activision Blizzard.
How will the integration of Xbox PC gaming work with NVIDIA’s cloud service? From Microsoft they explained that, from now on, the members of GeForce Now will be able to play select titles from Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda via streaming, as long as they have previously purchased them on Steam or the Epic Games Store. This will allow access to games from the cloud on operating systems and platforms such as Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Chromebooks and Shield TV.
A curious fact is that the integration with NVIDIA GeForce Now does not yet support games purchased through the Microsoft Store. However, from Xbox they claim to be working to incorporate it in the coming months.
“This is the first in a series of partnerships we’re activating to make our PC games available to gamers around the world through a variety of cloud services, starting with NVIDIA GeForce Now, and with Boosteroid, Ubitus, EE and Nware in the future. We remain committed to releasing current titles from Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda, and future Activision Blizzard games for PC, once the Microsoft acquisition closes.”
Sarah Bond, Corporate Vice President of Xbox.
Xbox takes the first step in bringing its PC games to NVIDIA GeForce Now
The launch of gear 5 in NVIDIA GeForce Now it can be an anecdotal fact for the vast majority. Since Microsoft and those led by Jensen Huang signed this agreement, the industry has not been slow to classify it as just a strategy for regulators to approve the purchase of Activision Blizzard. It is worth remembering that the franchise call of duty is also included in this agreement.
It’s certainly not bad that Xbox has moved quickly to start offering its titles on NVIDIA’s cloud platform. Although the timing of the announcement does not seem accidental. After all, Microsoft recently received approval from the European Commission to close the acquisition valued at 68.7 billion dollars, but is trying to overturn the veto of the British CMA.
Precisely, the regulators of the United Kingdom gave the thumbs up to the purchase of Activision Blizzard considering that would give Microsoft an anti-competitive advantage in the field of cloud gaming. Those from Redmond have already appealed the ruling, and it would not be unusual for the activation of the link with NVIDIA GeForce Now, one of the main rivals of Xbox Cloud Gaming, to be used to try to refute the position of the authorities.
We will have to see how this story continues. For now, beyond gear 5, deathloop, penance and Grounded, it is unknown what other Xbox games are coming soon to NVIDIA GeForce Now. With a tweet, Phil Spencerleader of Microsoft Gaming, was hopeful for this launch: “Today’s announcement marks a great milestone in our promise to bring more games to more people, no matter how they choose to play.”