Microsoft has announced the arrival of xCloud Gaming on iPhone, iPad, and PC on April 20. The service will be made available via web browsers letting Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers play Xbox games on these devices.
Microsoft will start sending out invites to selected Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers to test the xCloud Gaming beta for iPhone, iPad, and Windows 10 PCs via a web browser. The invites will be sent out regularly to users in all 22 supported countries.
xCloud Gaming to launch for iPhone, iPad, and Windows 10 PCs
Microsoft confirmed late last year about the arrival of Xbox Cloud gaming beta on iOS and Windows PCs. This is the game streaming service that Apple did not allow Microsoft to launch on App Store in its current form. Microsoft has been working on making the streaming service available on more devices via web browsers, and it has finally begun the testing phase.
We’re bringing Xbox to more players on more devices via the cloud this year. Starting tomorrow, we’ll begin sending out invites to select Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to start testing the Xbox Cloud Gaming limited beta for Windows 10 PCs and Apple phones and tablets via web browsers. We’re launching xbox.com/play where invitees can play over 100 Xbox Game Pass titles through Edge, Google Chrome, or Safari. Offering cloud gaming through the browser and having a simplified, universal landing page presents a great opportunity to make cloud gaming approachable to more players in more places over time.
This is an exciting step on our journey to bring gaming to the 3 billion players around the world. Thanks so much for helping us shape cloud gaming, from the early days in Preview to today, quite simply we couldn’t have done it without you.
For the users who receive an invite, they just need a compatible USB or Bluetooth-connected controller or can use custom touch controls for 50+ games to start testing and playing. The initial focus will be fine-tuning features and building a steady experience across platforms and making sure that the games are performing at their peak.
Since the service launched exclusively on Android devices last year, this marks the first time that xCloud Gaming has been made available on iPhone and iPad. Due to Apple’s App Store rules that forbid apps from streaming multiple games from the cloud, the launch was delayed for iOS. This happened because Apple believes that it is necessary to review each game for maintaining security.
According to Microsoft, creating a browser-accessible service has numerous advantages in making cloud gaming more reachable, along with streamlining development into a solo universal platform. The Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription is available for $14.99 per month, with more than 100 games ready to be played.