Microsoft’s xCloud, the new cloud game streaming component a part of Xbox’s Game Pass Ultimate, has officially launched for iOS devices like iPhone, iPad, and macOS. The xCloud doesn’t require the use of a console and the PC version can be accessed through the Edge Browser and Google Chrome. With over 100 games available to play, Game Pass Ultimate holders will be able to have access to many beloved titles. Another feature of the xCloud is that the service is compatible with Bluetooth controllers and USB controllers. On iOS devices, the xCloud can be accessed through web-based apps like Safari. Players will get to choose to have a controller or touch controls for different games. With xCloud being powered by a custom Xbox Series X console hardware, setting streams to 1080p at up to 60 frames per second can be achieved for those with fast internet connections.
Starting today, Xbox Cloud Gaming is running on custom Xbox Series X hardware, and available to all @XboxGamePass Ultimate members with Windows 10 PCs and Apple phones and tablets, via browser, across 22 countries. https://t.co/HYuvbHGBUg #XboxGamePass
— Xbox Wire (@XboxWire) June 28, 2021
Cloud gaming is said to provide gamers with seamless play across all of their devices–whether your streaming from your PC or mobile device, your game will be playing from an Xbox hardware in a Microsoft datacenter. This essentially means that players will be able to jump into a game, play with friends on the go or on their PC while using the same Xbox network as their console.
On Xbox’s blog, the company stated that the gameplay on iOS devices and macOS will be just as powerful as playing on a console, as they ensure that xCloud users will experience fast load times, improved frame rates, and a high-quality experience. This key milestone to the Xbox experience is allowing gamers to bring the console experience directly to the devices they use daily.