Microsoft takes aim at Sony with cloud gaming service

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The Microsoft store is pictured in the Manhattan borough of New York CityMoreBy Supantha Mukherjee and Sam NusseySTOCKHOLM/TOKYO (Reuters) – Microsoft will on Tuesday launch its Xbox cloud gaming service priced at $1 for new users’ first month, in a major drive to attract casual gamers with the promise of cutting ties to the living room and as competition with Sony heats up.Subscribers to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, priced at $14.99 monthly, will be able to play more than 150 games via the cloud on Xbox consoles, Android devices and PCs.A subscriber won’t even need to buy a console to play the games, just an Android device and a supported controller.The launch in 22 countries, including the United States and 19 European countries, marks a shift for Microsoft into cloud gaming, which removes the need for bulky hardware but requires a fast internet connection. New entrants include Google , which has struggled to build a fanbase for its Stadia service.(Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Stockholm and Sam Nussey in Tokyo; Editing by Mark Potter)

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