Microsoft’s xCloud, the cloud game streaming component of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate that doesn’t require a console. It’s fully rolling out to iOS devices, including iPhones and iPads, as well as PCs and macOS computers via the web. It’s in invite-only beta from mid-April 2021, but Game Pass Ultimate members will be able to access the game from their devices. directly
Microsoft says that on PCs, xCloud can be accessed through the Edge browser and Google Chrome. We made it available within macOS on Microsoft Edge and Safari. There are more than 100 games, and the service is compatible with any Bluetooth controller or connected game. Over USB on iOS, it will run as a web app via Safari, and you̵7;ll have a choice between a controller or touch controls for some games. Microsoft also shared in a blog post that xCloud is now powered by the Xbox Series X console. Set to 1080p streaming up to 60 frames per second with a fast enough internet connection.
The road to adopting xCloud on iOS is tough, with Apple’s App Store approach blocking not only Microsoft but also Google’s Stadia cloud streaming service and Nvidia’s GeForce Now from launch. On the App Store, Apple has finally cracked some vulnerabilities to allow them to work across the web. (but not without warning)
To celebrate the release, Microsoft put the “Designed for Xbox” badge on one of the best mobile gaming accessories: Backbone’s One controller. Available from late 2020 as they are technically the same. What’s changed is the physical packaging that calls for Xbox compatibility, and while it doesn’t add a price ($99.99), it comes with a three-month free trial of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for new subscribers. This usually costs $45 each. Available through the Microsoft Store and Backbone’s website, the updated version of Razer’s Kishi controller for iPhone has monochrome buttons and also includes a Game Pass Ultimate trial for new users. You can read my colleague Sam Byford’s review here.
Backbone recently updated the app with deep Xbox integrations, such as tagging gameplay you’ve recorded via xCloud. You can edit footage within the app and upload it as a link. There’s also a dynamic new Xbox Game Pass feed that tells you about new games to try and other suggestions. according to your friend’s activity