After making it an invite-only beta test release in April, Microsoft has now made its xCloud gaming streaming service available to everyone on iOS and PC with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription.
On PC, the service can be enjoyed on the Edge browser and Google Chrome by visiting the xCloud website. macOS and iOS users can access through Safari which will give everyone access to more than 100 games available on the Game Pass library. The streaming service is compatible with Bluetooth or USB-connected controllers and it also works with custom touch controls on the iPhone and the iPad for supported games.
According to Microsoft, the Xbox Cloud Gaming now runs on its custom Xbox Series X hardware. Thanks to the new hardware powering the xCloud service, subscribers with fast internet speeds will be able to stream games at 1080p at up to 60 frames per second.
As part of the wide availability launch, Microsoft is expanding its “Designed for Xbox” badge to two iOS controllers: Backbone’s One controller and Razer’s Kiishi controller. Those who purchase the controllers without a Game Pass Ultimate subscription before will have access to a complimentary three-month trial.
It’s been a long-running journey for Microsoft to get its xCloud gaming service widely available on all devices, especially Apple. The Cupertino giant initially opposed to having the service on its App Store saying it violated its policies, before allowing Microsoft to make it happen via the web on iOS.