Microsoft and Nvidia have announced a collaboration to integrate PC Game Pass and Microsoft Store titles into Nvidia ‘s GeForce Now streaming service. Starting August 24th, subscribers of PC Game Pass will be able to stream select titles through GeForce Now, expanding the gaming options available to users.
Key Titles to be Streamed
Among the first games to be available for streaming are Microsoft's first-party titles such as “Deathloop” and “Grounded”. Third-party games like “No Man's Sky” and “Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord” will also be accessible. However, not all titles from the PC Game Pass and Microsoft Store will be immediately available on GeForce Now. Nvidia is in the process of integrating all the games from the Microsoft Store into its platform, which means some titles might take longer to become available.
Background of the Collaboration
This collaboration between the two tech giants isn't new. Earlier in the year, Microsoft and Nvidia announced their partnership, with the first wave of Xbox games, including “Gears 5”, becoming available on GeForce Now in May. This move is part of a 10-year agreement between the companies, allowing Nvidia to license Xbox PC games for its streaming service. This agreement was initiated as a strategy by Microsoft to address regulatory concerns regarding its planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
Regulatory Hurdles and Future Plans
The collaboration also aims to address concerns raised by the UK's Competition and Markets Authority, which had previously blocked Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard. As a countermeasure, Microsoft plans to sell its Activision Blizzard cloud gaming rights to Ubisoft. This would allow Ubisoft to control the streaming rights for Activision Blizzard games outside of the EU, while licensing the titles back to Microsoft for inclusion in Xbox Cloud Gaming.