The beta version of Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming service is now available to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers on PC, iPad and iPhone, the company announced yesterday, after launching on those invite-only platforms on April 20.
Xbox Cloud Gaming, or Project xCloud, lets you play the hundreds of games available on Xbox Game Pass on a device other than a console by streaming them from the cloud, like Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce Now. Now it is possible for all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers to enjoy their favorite games on the web, but also on iOS. The American giant is therefore aligning itself with its two main competitors, which are already available on these platforms.
Microsoft says that on PCs, xCloud is accessible via Edge, Google Chrome and Safari browsers at the address xbox.com/play. For his part, Apple doesn’t allow native game streaming apps on iOS or iPadOS, but you will be able to access xCloud from the Safari browser.
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xCloud is now much more powerful than before
While xCloud has so far used Xbox One, the service has just moved to the next generation. According to Microsoft, its Xbox Cloud Gaming is now powered by Xbox Series X consoles. This upgrade to its servers offers gamers faster load times, more frames per second, but also improved graphics.
For now, the service is available in beta, which means players may face some serious bugs. xCloud is already available in 22 countries, but Xbox plans to open the service to more territories in the coming months.
Along with the rollout of Xbox Cloud Gaming for Everyone, Microsoft announced it was expanding its “Designed for Xbox” range of mobile game accessories for iOS devices, with several new offers available today. Indeed, those who buy the Backbone One or the new Razer Kishi will receive three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.