Microsoft announces new Xbox Game Pass games as Xbox Cloud Gaming upgrades go live

Laurent Giret

The Xbox team has just revealed the second wave of games coming to Xbox Game Pass in June. Worms Rumble, the real-time action game that was previously released on Windows and PlayStation consoles in December is launching on Xbox today, and it’s already available on Xbox Game Pass for Console and PC as we’re writing this.

More games

Three other games will be available on Xbox Game Pass starting tomorrow, June 24: The first one is the racing game Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered, which will be available on Console and PC via EA Play (included with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate). The real-time strategy game Iron Harvest will also be available on Xbox Game Pass for PC tomorrow, as well as the retro shooter Proteus that will be launching in preview.

Lastly, 4 more games will be available on July 1 with Gang Beasts, Limbo, Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars, and Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling. The classic Rare game Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts will also become available on Xbox Cloud Gaming on this same day.

Touch Controls added

Starting today, Microsoft is also enabling touch controls on eight more cloud-enabled games including Dirt 5, Double Kick Heroes, Eastshade, Empire of Sin, Haven, Octopath Traveler, Torchlight III, and Yakuza: Like a Dragon. Touch controls currently work on Android devices as well as iOS and Windows PCs via the private beta version of Xbox Cloud Gaming on the web for Safari and Microsoft Edge.

Cloud Gaming now using Xbox Series X blades

If you’ve been using Xbox Cloud Gaming this week, you may also have noticed that many games are now using the brand new Xbox Series X hardware that Microsoft has been putting in server blades to replace the aging Xbox One S consoles. According to Ars Technica, cloud-enabled games such as Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Ori and the Will of the Wisps now load much faster and offer the same graphical settings available on Xbox Series X console to prioritize graphics or frame rate.

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced that it was in the final stages of upgrading its Xbox Cloud Gaming servers with the company’s brand new Xbox Series X consoles. This should help to make Xbox Cloud Gaming a much more competitive offering in the burgeoning cloud gaming market, and this also means that upcoming next-gen games such as Microsoft Flight Simulator and Scorn should be available on Xbox Cloud Gaming on day one.