Microsoft’s Xbox cloud gaming service, xCloud is officially arriving on iOS and PC tomorrow, April 20th. Microsoft had initially tried to create an app for iOS which was not possible because Apple said it violated its App Store policies.
“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,” says xCloud VP and Head of Product Catherine Gluckstein. “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.
Microsoft promises to send out more invites continuously to players in the countries its Xbox Game Pass is supported. The beta will be for a limited time and the feedback from it will guide Microsoft in improving the experience going forward before it launches fully.
To enjoy the web-based xCloud, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers who got the invite can play with a compatible Bluetooth or USB-connected controller. Custom touch controls can also be used for those that will be playing directly through their iPhones and iPads and this supports more than 50 games.
Microsoft launched its xCloud gaming service last year on Android phones and tablets but had to wait till now to bring it to iOS devices. Microsoft plans to bring its gaming service to three billion players around the world and making it available on iOS and PC is a step in the right direction.