Xbox Cloud Gaming yesterday became available to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members on PC and iOS, via browser, across 22 countries.
Known as xCloud, the service has been available through an invite-only game beta since April 2021. Now, Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can access hundreds of games from their devices following Microsoft's recent announcement that Xbox Cloud Gaming would arrive on Apple devices after a limited beta test run.
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Xbox Cloud Gaming is designed to let users access a plethora of games from the Xbox Game Pass Library using your web browser. The service can be used in tandem with Bluetooth controllers, and it's also compatible with controllers connected via USB.
Microsoft's webpage (opens in new tab) says that the Xbox Cloud Gaming service can be accessed through Google Chrome and the Edge browser on PC. iOS users can open their Safari browsers, tap in xbox.com/play, which then delivers access to the myriad games now available in the Xbox Game Pass library.
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 #XboxGamePassJune 28, 2021
Microsoft says that the service is now powered by Xbox Series X hardware, which means that while you're playing one of the many games natively on your iOS device, the game itself is effectively being run by an Xbox Series X console at Microsoft's datacenters to improve framerates and deliver speedier loading times.
The nature of cloud gaming often leaves users frustrated with slow loading and even laggier gameplay. To combat poor performance and ensure low latency, Microsoft will stream at 1080p at up to 60 frames per second, which it believes will offer the "highest quality experience across the broadest set of devices."