Microsoft’s Game Streaming Service xCloud Officially Launches On iOS, PC And Mac

Microsoft has officially announced that its game streaming service xCloud will be fully released on PC and iOS devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and macOS computers, starting today. Announced to be in an invite-only beta period since April 2021, it’s now open to Game Pass Ultimate subscribers, who will be able to access the entire game library on these devices.

There are currently more than 100 games available on xCloud. The game streaming service on PC can only be accessed through the Edge and Google Chrome browser, and will support Bluetooth and USB controllers. For macOS, it can only be accessed on Microsoft Edge and Safari, with support offered for controllers and touch controls for certain games.

In their blog post, Microsoft also shared that xCloud is powered by Xbox Series X console, and will allow for 1080p 60 FPS streaming.

xCloud, along with a few other streaming services including Google’s Stadia and NVIDIA’s GeForce Now, initially had trouble launching on Apple’s App Store due to their guidelines. Apple eventually explored some loopholes to allow them to operate via the web.

If you’re ready to dive into xCloud gaming, you might want to check out the Backbone’s One and Razer’s Kishi controllers as they are both Xbox-compatible, with a Game Pass Ultimate trial set aside for new users.

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