Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers have been getting access to play the games on several eligible devices via cloud gaming and now Meta Quest users can join the party too. The Quest 2, 3, and Pro headset users can now access the Game Pass library by subscribing to the Game Pass Ultimate subscription.
Xbox Cloud Gaming has been available for all modern Android phones, Apple devices, Windows devices, and Smart TVs from 2020 and newer. The Quest VR headsets are the only VR devices Xbox has listed on its official website. Access to Xbox Cloud Gaming is now sure to boost Quest sales further, giving potential users a strong reason to consider buying it.
Meta Quest 3 is officially eligible for Xbox cloud gaming
During last year’s Connect 2022, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed for the first time that Xbox Cloud Gaming will be coming to the Meta Quest Store. Now, Xbox has officially announced the addition of Quest VR headsets as an eligible device to stream Game Pass titles.
Quest users with the latest software update and an eligible controller can download the Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) app from the in-built Store on the headset and start streaming hundreds of games from the massive Game Pass library. There’s no requirement for a console or a PC to set things up and get going.
At launch, the Quest 3 had around 50 games, and now that the VR headsets are made eligible for Xbox Cloud Gaming, it stretches that list of games by a big margin. At the moment, the Game Pass library has about eight titles with native VR support:
- No Man’s Sky
- Microsoft Flight Simulator
- Hitman 3
- Star Wars Squadrons
- F1 2022
- F1 2023
- Minecraft Bedrock Edition
- Ark: Survival Evolved
While these titles support VR natively, all of the games in the Game Pass library will now be available for players to launch on a virtual, massive screen. The Xbox blog mentions players will have a choice of four display sizes, and either choose an immersive Xbox-themed virtual space or blend a virtual screen with the actual physical surroundings, thanks to Quest 3 and Quest Pro’s stereoscopic full-color Passthrough.
Players can choose from using either an Xbox controller, the PlayStation DualShock 4, or a Nintendo Switch Pro controller to hook up and start playing the games on a Quest headset. PlayStation 5’s DualShock 5 controller is yet to be supported and Meta has mentioned that “support for PlayStation 5 controllers is coming in the future.”
Quest headsets and Xbox Game Pass price details
The Quest 3 is available for $499.99, and the Quest 2 is currently available for $50 off at $249.99 and comes with a free Elite Strap as well. The Quest Pro is the most expensive of the three eligible devices for Xbox Cloud Gaming and costs $999.99.
As for Game Pass Ultimate, players can try out the subscription at $1 for a 14-day trial. The trial will give access to every single game in the library along with EA Play membership. A monthly subscription to the same will cost $16.99 and a three-month subscription will cost $49.99 plus taxes.
Earlier this month, Meta announced the addition of the Steam Link app that enabled Quest users to connect their VR headsets to a computer wirelessly and access Steam games. The catch was to have the computer connected to the Internet through an Ethernet cable to ensure no drop in internet speeds.
Having no such catch is an even bigger advantage when it comes to accessing Game Pass games, as Meta stressed there will be no console requirements in their announcement blog. Just last week, Goat Simulator 3 was added to Game Pass and today, Far Cry 6 is being added to the massive library.
It’s a good time for Quest users to either take a trial of Game Pass Ultimate or take a monthly subscription to get a taste of the games in VR.