Xbox Cloud Gaming Beta Now Available; Supports iOS Devices

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Microsoft is upping its game as they are launching the open beta of the Xbox Cloud Gaming platform, which now supports iOS devices.

Also known as xCloud, Xbox Cloud Gaming is now available to multiple devices and compatible with third-party controllers. Keep in mind that you can only enable the feature if you are an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriber.

How to Access the Platform

So, what exactly is the process to get things rolling? Besides the Game Pass Ultimate, you need to access the company’s website using a supported web browser of your chosen platform.

For example, if you intend to use an iOS device like an iPad to play Xbox games, you can fire up the Safari web browser and access the website from there.

Once you are logged in, you will have access to a library of 100 games and counting. You are then asked if you want to play the games using touch controls or with a supported controller.

Here is a brief list of supported controllers you can use:

  • Xbox Next-Gen Wireless controller
  • Xbox Elite Wireless Controller (Series 1 and Series 2)
  • Xbox Adaptive Controller
  • 8BitDo SN30 Pro Controller for Xbox Cloud Gaming on Android
  • iPega 9023s Extending Game Controller
  • Razer Kishi for Android
  • Razer Raiju Mobile Gaming Controller for Android
  • Razer Junglecat (using Bluetooth)
  • Sony DualShock 4 Wireless Controller
  • SteelSeries Stratus XL for Windows, Android, and VR (using Bluetooth)

Since you will be streaming from xCloud, Microsoft recommends an internet speed of at least 10 Mbps, via 5 GHz WiFi connectivity, for a smooth gaming experience.

Better Performance Leads to Better Experience

According to Catherine Gluckstein, Xbox Cloud Gaming vice president and head of product, Microsoft has upgraded its data centers with custom Xbox Series X hardware. This means that you will have a generally good gaming experience due to improved frame rates and faster load times. Plus, the service will stream at 1080p and up to 60 frames per second.

This is a major step to gaming as playing Xbox games on a mobile device can lead to a fun experience, which can be shared with friends and family.

With better data centers, it seems that Microsoft may achieve something that Stadia couldn’t.

What do you think about the company’s move to improve Xbox Cloud Gaming? Do you have plans of using the service?

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