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Microsoft prepares cloud gaming service for Japan launch

Competition with Sony, Amazon and Google heats up around next-generation gaming

Microsoft will make it possible to play cloud games on any device in Japan, including smartphones, tablets and PCs.

TOKYO -- Microsoft is accelerating its push into cloud-based games with plans to bring next-generation gaming to Japan later this year, a sign that competition is heating up among long-established game makers and tech giants.

The U.S. company announced on Thursday that it will roll out cloud gaming in four countries, including Japan and Australia, through its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, a subscription service that allows gamers to download more than 100 games to their Xboxes or PCs, or play cloud-based games.

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