After an invitation-only beta test that began in mid-April, Microsoft made its Xbox Cloud Gaming service open to everyone Game Pass Ultimate Subscribers on iOS and PC. With the start of today’s Open Beta, You can visit them xCloud website and start playing some of the games included in the Game Pass library from your browser. On the PC, the service supports Edge and Chrome, while on iOS it is accessible via Safari. In addition, you can play the included games with a controller via Bluetooth or USB.
Microsoft also announced that it is now using custom Xbox Series X hardware to support the xCloud experience. For those with a fast enough internet connection, the new hardware allows games to be streamed at 1080p and up to 60 frames per second. At the same time, Microsoft is building its Developed for Xbox to contain two iOS controllers: the Backbone One and Razer Kishi. With the new badge, both controllers will receive a free three-month trial of Game Pass Ultimate for those who have not tried the service before.
The point when xCloud is available on iOS devices has been something of a journey for Microsoft. Relying on its App Store guidelines, Apple initially said it wouldn’t allow game streaming apps on its devices, but later made an exception to allow those apps work through a browser.
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