Microsoft has teamed up with Nvidia to bring Xbox games to PC through the GeForce Now platform. The partnership kicks off today with the release of Gears 5 on GeForce Now. This collaboration comes as a result of a deal between Microsoft and Nvidia earlier this year.
In addition to Gears 5, several other Xbox Game Studios and Bethesda titles will be available on GeForce Now. Games like Deathloop, Grounded, and Pentiment are set to arrive on May 25th. Nvidia has also promised that more games from Xbox will be regularly added to the platform.
Currently, Xbox PC games need to be purchased on Steam in order to be playable on GeForce Now. However, Microsoft and Nvidia are working on adding support for the Microsoft Store. It is unclear if this support will extend to PC Game Pass, but it is likely that it will be restricted to full game purchases.
The partnership between Microsoft and Nvidia was formed as part of a 10-year agreement. This agreement allows Nvidia to license Xbox PC games for GeForce Now. The deal was made to address concerns raised by European regulators regarding Microsoft's proposed Activision Blizzard acquisition. The European Union recently approved the deal, citing similar 10-year agreements made with other cloud competitors as a contributing factor.
However, the proposed acquisition still faces hurdles in the US. The Federal Trade Commission has sued to block Microsoft's plan to buy Activision Blizzard. Regardless of the outcome of this acquisition, the agreement between Microsoft and Nvidia to bring Xbox PC games to GeForce Now will proceed, according to Nvidia spokesperson Stephenie Ngo.
In the coming months, users can expect support for the Microsoft Store on GeForce Now. This partnership offers more options for gamers and expands the availability of Xbox games on PC.