Microsoft is exploring Xcloud game streaming on PC and iPhone
Microsoft launched its game streaming service xCloud for Android devices in September. Microsoft is getting ready to make its game-streaming service available on web browsers.
It is now allowing users to stream and play Xbox games on Android phones and tablets. Sources said Microsoft employees are currently testing the web version of xCloud before it rolls out for a public preview. Whereas, Microsoft said in a December blog post that it was planning to bring xCloud to iOS and PC in spring 2021.
Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming is available on iOS and as well as in the web. The web interface for xCloud is very simple to use. It scales across devices like the iPhone, iPad, or even a large monitor attached to a PC to provide quick access to games. Microsoft has even included a search interface, which is something that’s strangely missing on rival service Google Stadia.
According to Microsoft, over 100 games will be available at launch for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers to stream, and the limited beta will be accessible to lucky invitees in 22 countries. While the beta playtest opening this week will be extremely limited in scope, Microsoft's "plan is to iterate quickly and open up to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members in the coming months, so more people have the opportunity to play Xbox in all-new ways."
Participants will be able to play games using a Bluetooth or USB-connected controller on Windows 10 PCs. For those with iOS devices, you can use a Bluetooth controller or on-screen touch controls.
"In the early stages of the beta, we'll be focusing on fine-tuning features and creating a consistent experience across platforms, while making sure games are running their best," said Catherine Gluckstein, VP & Head of Product for Project xCloud. "This is an exciting step on our journey to bring gaming to the 3 billion players around the world."
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