An invite-only based beta starts for xCloud via the web.
Microsoft Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud) will officially land on iOS and PC on the 20th April 2021. The service will be available on devices via browsers, so that Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can play Xbox games on iPhone, iPad and PC. However, Microsoft intends to keep this Beta version limited and requires players to be invited to participate in the beta phase.
The service will be available on www.xbox.com/play where, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers who are invited to participate in the beta can play Xbox games through Edge, Chrome or Safari browsers. More than 100 games will be made available to Testers where they can use Bluetooth or USB compatible controllers, can also use easily customizable touch controls.
“The limited Beta version is the time for testing and learning. We will continue to send more invitations to players in 22 supported countries/regions, rate them, continue to improve the experience and increase support for more devices ,says Catherine Gluckstein, Microsoft’s head of xCloud. “Our plan is to quickly redo and open access to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members in the next few months, so that more people can play Xbox in a whole new way”.
After launching the Xbox Game Streaming service on Android phones and tablets last year, Xbox Game Streaming is available on iOS devices for the first time. Due to Apple’s restrictions on cloud gaming applications, Microsoft was unable to provide xCloud on the iPhone or iPad when it first launched in September.
Apple and Microsoft have launched a public language war on x Cloud. Apple originally urged Microsoft to submit individual cloud games for consideration.The latter has finally found a compromise, which means that cloud gaming apps can run on iOS with individually tested games. But Microsoft called it an “unfavorable experience for consumers.”