Microsoft’s xCloud Game Streaming is Now Available on iOS and PC

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Microsoft’s xCloud, the cloud game streaming part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate that doesn’t need a console to use, is coming out completely to iOS devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as PCs and macOS computers via the internet. It’s been in an invite-only beta period since mid-April 2021, but Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can now access games directly from their gadgets.

Microsoft says that on PCs, xCloud can be reached through the Edge browser and Google Chrome. We’ve got it to work within macOS on Microsoft Edge and Safari. More than 100 games are now available on the network, and the service will work with Bluetooth controllers or ones connected via USB. On iOS, it’ll work as a web-based app via Safari, and you’ll have a decision between a controller or touch controls for some games. Microsoft also shared in its blog post that xCloud is now powered by Xbox Series X consoles, placing the streaming at 1080p at up to 60 frames per second with a quick enough internet connection.

The getting of xCloud on iOS was a rough one, with Apple’s App Store guidelines originally blocking not just Microsoft but also Google’s Stadia and Nvidia’s GeForce Now cloud streaming services from coming on the App Store. Apple finally carved out some loopholes to enable them to operate via the web.

To mark the launch, Microsoft put its “Designed for Xbox” badge on one of the mobile gaming accessories around: Backbone’s One controller. This new version is physically identical to the preexisting model that has been available since late 2020 because it’s technically the same. What’s developed is the physical packaging that now calls out its Xbox compatibility, and no increase in price ($99.99), it comes with a complimentary three-month trial to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for new members, which normally costs $45 on its own. You can get it through the Microsoft Store and Backbone’s website. Razer’s updated version of the Kishi controller for iPhone has monochrome buttons and also comes with a Game Pass Ultimate trial for new users.

Backbone has updated its app with deep Xbox integration, like tagging gameplay that you’ve recorded via xCloud. You can edit footage within the app and upload it as a link. It also highlights a new dynamic Xbox Game Pass feed to inform you about new games to try out and other recommendations based on your friends’ actions.

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