Xbox titles will be available for the first time on the cloud gaming platform Boosteroid next week. Deathloop, Gears 5, Grounded, and Pentiment will be available to platform users on June 1st.
Boosteroid users in the United States, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and Ukraine will be able to stream eligible Microsoft-owned games purchased through Steam or the Epic Games Store.
Microsoft Store purchases and other titles will be supported in the near future. “We’ll regularly add more hits and fan favourites from our extensive catalogue of PC games,” Xbox corporate vice president Sarah Bond said in a blog post.
This will make Boosteroid the second external cloud service where Microsoft’s games will be available (Game Pass Ultimate customers will also be able to stream all of these titles via Xbox Cloud Gaming).
Since May 18th, NVIDIA GeForce Now users have been able to stream Gears 5. Later this week, Deathloop, Grounded, and Pentiment will be available on GeForce Now.
Microsoft has struck 10-year agreements with NVIDIA, Boosteroid, and other cloud gaming providers to enable access to Xbox and Bethesda games, as well as PC versions of Activision Blizzard titles if its proposed takeover of that firm is successful.
It reached those agreements in an attempt to persuade regulators to approve the $68.7 billion transaction. While the acquisition has been approved in dozens of countries, most recently China, cloud gaming has been a source of contention for some regulators.
The agreement was denied by the UK’s competition watchdog, which claimed it would boost Microsoft’s dominant position in the young cloud gaming business.
In its action to stop the merger, the US Federal Trade Commission expressed worries about cloud gaming (among other things). On the other hand, Microsoft’s cloud gaming concessions have appeased European Union officials, who approved the deal last week.