The recent move Microsoft made shows its ambitions in game streaming. The Xbox Cloud Gaming service started in 2019 under the working title “Project xCloud,” as an additional invitation-only option for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. And anyone who is familiar with this issue knows that xCloud has previously been made available to Android devices.
Now anyone with a newer iOS or Windows 10 device can stream games directly via xCloud. You can simply go to xbox.com and start playing hundreds of games play on Microsoft Edge, Chrome, or Safari on your PC or mobile device. To get it up and running, you also need a relatively fast internet connection.
To access the service, you must be a member of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, as well as live in one of 22 countries where the service is available. You can take an easy bypass by using a simple VPN service to get yourself to “live” in one of these countries. Microsoft claims the new update will make the service available to 3 billion players around the world.
In addition, Microsoft announced that they have made the full xCloud service able to run on the Xbox Series X, so the experience will match the one you get on Microsoft’s latest consoles. With this new machine park, people can stream at 1080p and up to 60 frames per second.
At the same time, Microsoft decided to take a step further, they announced one of their best “Designed for Xbox” mobile gaming accessories to iOS devices: the Backbone One, a controller that turns your iPhone into a more enjoyable gaming device. Furthermore, Microsoft promises that more games will have support for touch controllers, as quite a lot of people out there prefer this way to play games.