Microsoft’s cloud streaming service, under the name Project xCloud, has shown off its web browser, testing its service through the web ahead of a public preview.
It unlocks a world of possibility for iOS devices: such is news that fans of the Apple iPhone 12 series, including users of the iPhone 12 Pro and iPad Air 2020, might now be able to access games through a browser, opening up xCloud to work on the iOS and iPadOS ecosystems.
Much like Google Stadia, the service is restricted to Chromium browsers like Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome, with Microsoft planning a public exhibit of xCloud in the spring. That said, it offers a golden ticket to a world of gaming that's practically bursting at the seams with content for iOS users.
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As we settle into the next-gen world with the PS5 and the Xbox Series X, Microsoft is looking for innovative ways to respond to the success of Sony. While Sony is very hardware-centric, Microsoft looks to ramp up its service through the likes of Xbox Game Pass, and xCloud services.
Previously, xCloud has been the exclusive preserve of Android, launching in beta for Android last year. This is because of the App Store’s stringent security requirements, whereby it imposes limitations on iOS apps and cloud services, which require individual games to undergo a long and arduous review process.
Microsoft wants to widen accessibility, eyeing up an untapped reservoir of iOS and iPadOS users. The web version of xCloud takes the best bits of the Android beta functionality by integrating a simple launcher that recommends games. If you're quite content with Android, our pick of the best Android phones is a good place to look for the most capable handsets currently on the market.
The browser functionality for xCloud lets you easily pick up where you left off in your favorite game; more, there’s comprehensive access to all cloud games available through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. The game then natively plays full-screen through the web browser and requires a controller to play. In the interim, check out our best iPad and best iPhone guides to get ahead of the curve in time for spring.
It's an exciting road ahead for the Xbox fans, especially if you've been pained by the total absence of xCloud beta support on iOS. As they say, good things come to those who wait and, on that note, springtime is one to mark in the diary.
Source: The Verge (opens in new tab)