Microsoft is expanding Xbox Cloud Gaming service access to Windows PCs and Apple iPhones and iPad. It is part of the limited beta test, and some Xbox Game Pass Unlimited members got invites to play cloud games via the Safari browser on Apple devices and Chrome and Edge browsers for Windows 10 PCs which started from 20.April.2021. Previously known as Project xCloud, the new service streaming of full-featured Xbox games on the internet on devices that are not on the home Wi-Fi or near the physical console.
Expansion to the web browser will be limited to the start as per Catherine Gluckstein, head of product at Project xCloud. The company has been testing its service announced more than two years ago on Android devices, PCs, and Xbox consoles. More than 100 games are available in the Xbox Cloud Gaming.
In 22 countries, the players will get invites to test the service. As per Catherine Gluckstein, Microsoft’s vice president and head of product at Project xCloud, “Our 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.” Xbox Cloud games require a compatible USB-connected controller or Bluetooth, but more than 50 games can be played with touch controls. A complete list of compatible remotes can be found on the Microsoft site.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is a $15 per month Xbox subscription service that includes the ability to play using Xbox Cloud Gaming, Xbox Live Gold, and access to over 100 games on PC or Xbox consoles. In recent weeks Microsoft has been building out Game Pass’ game selection. It is already available on the Xbox Game Pass PC app and Android since its launch in September 2020; the company has planned to bring xCloud to iOS devices through a dedicated app but will not be able to because of Apple’s App Store rules. Last year, Microsoft said iPhone makers are the only ones to deny users from cloud gaming and game subscription services like Xbox Game Pass.