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Microsoft’s new Xbox cloud gaming service, xCloud, is finally here, allowing you to play over 150 games on PCs and Android devices for just $1 during your first month. The launch marks the latest in the company’s ongoing rivalry with Sony, who has already put out cloud-based gaming — but not on smartphones. As gaming is in high demand due to ever increasing time spent at home given the state of the coronavirus, the Microsoft service aims to offer casual gamers a convenient and affordable way to play. It is now available across 22 countries, including the United States. The main difference from the popular Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which is available for $15 a month to console owners — and which has racked up over 10 million subscribers — is the now built-in cloud-based service, which will eliminate the need for physical consoles (so long as you have a supported controller).RelatedThe new service comes as cloud gaming is on the rise. According to Guilherme Fernandes, analyst at Newzoo, revenue from cloud gaming currently amounts to nearly $600 million this year and is expected to increase to $4.8 billion by 2023.Let our news meet your inbox. The news and stories that matters, delivered weekday mornings.A big appeal …

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