Microsoft has just released xCloud for all Apple devices. The Xbox cloud gaming is now available for all iOS and iPadOS devices, including iPhones, iPad, Mac computers. xCloud works without a console, so if you don’t have the Xbox Series X or S you can still play games from your mobile phone or computer. Users can only access xCloud via the web.
“Starting today, Xbox Cloud Gaming is available to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members with Windows 10 PCs and Apple phones and tablets, via browser, across 22 countries.”
Ever since Apple new guidelines for cloud gaming apps, Microsoft and Google have been looking for ways to bring cloud gaming to iOS, and the web is the only option. xCloud for iOS was first introduced in mid-April 2021, where the game was only invite-only at that time. But now Microsoft is bringing it to everyone, and anyone with the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription can access the game right now.
On PCs, Microsoft says xCloud will be accessible through Chrome, Safari, and Edge browser. So if you own a Mac, you can start gaming from the cloud right down. Other browsers based on chromium engine might still be able to work, and others as well. The iOS web version comes with more than 100 games ready for play, you just have to go to Xbox.com/play and pick a game.
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With the xCloud web version for iOS, you’ll be able to play with touch controls or use a controller based on the game. And you can connect a controller through Bluetooth or via USB. Microsoft had a list of good controllers you can use for Xbox cloud gaming.
Get the controller for xCloud
Meanwhile, in another story, Microsoft confirms in a blog post that “Xbox Cloud Gaming is now powered by custom Xbox Series X hardware.” “We’ve been upgrading Microsoft datacenters around the globe with the fastest, most powerful Xbox hardware to give you faster load times, improved frame rates, and an experience of a new generation of gaming.” With this, we can say that the frame rate will be at 60fps and streaming at 1080p.
Before Microsoft could get xCloud to work on Apple devices, it was a turned down for them, until Apple changed the rules and Microsoft jump on the front seat. One of the main reasons Microsoft launch xCloud on the web for iOS users is simply based on Apple App Store guidelines. Apple App Store doesn’t want iOS users to stream unlimited games from the cloud, and then suggest each game should have their app. But that could take the time you didn’t plan, and one way opened for them to operate from the web; the new guidelines.
This doesn’t only affect Microsoft and Google, and other company that is planning to launch cloud game on Apple devices. But with this Microsoft’s move, we can say that Google will soon be bringing Stadia to iOS via the web.
If you’re subscribed to the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate you can go to xbox.com/play on Chrome, Edge, and Safari on your iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac, and PC’s computer to play games that are available on the Xbox Game Pass library. Choose touch mode or you can use a controller that makes sense of gaming.