Gamerscore Millionaire Stallion Can't Access xCloud

Published: September 16, 2020 10:40 AM /


The main banner for Stallion's Gamerscore Millionaire site

Stallion, the first person to reach 1 million and 2 million Xbox Gamerscore points, can't access Microsoft's cloud gaming service xCloud with his main account. This is due to a technicality in the reward Microsoft issued for his achievement (no pun intended).

Why can't Stallion access xCloud?

When Stallion - real name Ray Cox - achieved a million Gamerscore points, Microsoft rewarded him with a lifetime Xbox Live Gold membership, meaning he'd never have to pay a monthly or yearly subscription fee again for the service. However, in order to access xCloud, you need to have Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which Stallion says his lifetime Xbox Live Gold membership prevents him from getting. This, he says, makes him "possibly the only person on earth who can't use xCloud" (which, given its not launched in all regions is perhaps slightly hyperbolic).

As per Microsoft's launch announcement, cloud gaming with xCloud is only possible with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. However, since Stallion's membership is for life, he's unable to alter its terms or length, so he can't upgrade his membership to Ultimate. With this in mind, he'd either need to speak to Microsoft about making an exemption in his case or create an entirely new account in order to access xCloud.

The xCloud lineup, which Stallion can't access because of a loophole
Stallion won't be able to access xCloud because of his Xbox Live Gold lifetime membership.

Of course, this doesn't diminish Stallion's original achievements. He was the first person to reach a million Gamerscore in early 2014, although he'd held the top spot in most achievement leaderboards since 2008. Stallion went on to achieve 2 million Gamerscore in late 2018, thus deposing Stephen "smrnov" Rowe, a player who had overtaken him in the Gamerscore stakes in 2017. We're betting it'll be possible for Stallion to reach some kind of agreement with Microsoft over this, but we'll bring you more as we get it.

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