Microsoft Xbox cloud gaming for iPhone and PC launches this week
A customer plays on an Xbox xCloud device during the Microsoft store opening July 11, 2019 in London, England.
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Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming service, formerly known as xCloud, will begin rolling out in beta to iPhones, iPads, and PCs this week. The service will be invitation-only to start, Microsoft said in a blog post on Monday.
Xbox Cloud Gaming was on track to launch for iPhones and iPads earlier, but Apple updated its App Store rules in September, which impacted services like Xbox Gaming and Google. Stadia. Apple’s move forced businesses to use web browsers to rethink their services so they could bypass App Store rules. By the rules, Microsoft, Google and other companies with similar services should have offered each game as an individual download instead of offering a full library like Netflix does for movies.
Xbox Cloud Gaming is a lot like Netflix for gaming. People who sign up for Microsoft’s $ 14.99 per month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate plan can access over 100 titles. The cloud gaming aspect allows you to stream the games without having to download them, as long as you have a fast enough internet connection. The streaming option is already available for Android phones.
Microsoft said it will start rolling out the service in 22 countries and continue to invite new users to try it. Gamers just need a Bluetooth or USB controller for most games, although touch controls are available for some of them.