Xbox cloud gaming adds ‘Morrowind’ and other backwards compatible titles

If you’ve ever had the urge to play early Xbox titles like the Perfect Dark series or The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind on your phone, enjoy yourself! Microsoft announced today that it is bringing 16 backward-compatible titles from the Xbox 360 and its original console to Xbox Cloud Gaming (the service we previously called xCloud). In many cases, you can even continue the games from their original saves, provided you’ve sent them to the cloud as an Xbox Live Gold subscriber. As usual, you need to subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to access cloud games. Currently, you can only play these tracks on Android phones and tablets. (Microsoft is still working on iOS cloud game support.)

While the initial selection of older titles isn’t very large, many gamers would love to have a look at the console versions of Fallout: New Vegas and Oblivion on the go. Microsoft has also added touchscreen controls for Jetpac Refueled, Viva Pinata, and Viva Pinata TIP to make them feel more like real mobile games. It’s unclear how many Game Pass subscribers actually benefit from cloud gaming, but adding more titles to the service certainly doesn’t hurt. This also puts Microsoft in a stronger position once Xbox Cloud games become more available on iOS and other devices. In the near future, I wouldn’t be surprised if Xbox was just another app for smart TVs and set-top boxes.

Here are the backward compatible games for Xbox Cloud games:

  • Banjo kazooie

  • Banjo Tooie

  • Double Dragon Neon

  • Fable II

  • Fallout: New Vegas

  • Gears of war 2

  • Gears of War 3

  • Gears of War: Judgment

  • Jetpac Refueled (touch control activated)

  • Cameo

  • Perfect dark

  • Perfect dark zero

  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

  • The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

  • Viva Piñata (touch controls enabled)

  • Viva Piñata: TIP (Touch controls enabled)

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