Game streaming is a field of heavy development that aims to usher in a new era of gaming where not only seasoned gamers with the hottest rigs can play, but relatively casual gamers who don’t own a gaming PC/consoles (such as an Xbox) can join the fun too. Like Nvidia’s GeForce Now, Google’s Stadia, Microsoft too has a game streaming service which was called the Project xCloud. Now we have fresh news on it that brings Xbox games to you on your favourite mobile devices.
Xbox on Your iPhones and iPads via Browser
Apple has a very stringent policy when it comes to deciding what’s allowed on their devices. So, when Project xCloud and Google Stadia wanted their services to be listed on App Store, Apple had blocked them out stating the need to review every single game on the service. Now, this clearly was deemed unnecessary by Microsoft and they backed out.
Microsoft however had come up with a backup plan with an intention of allowing iOS users to be able to access their Xbox game streaming service and has kept its word. Microsoft will allow access to this service from today onwards although on a limited scale on an Invite basis.
The service will be rolled out 22 regions in a phased manner and will involve invites to get onto the boat. This narrow roll out also will primarily be a beta version with testing a top priority. Ironing out bugs and performance optimizations will be done in the due course. To receive the invite one must an Xbox Game Pass Unlimited subscription holder.
Once you secure the invite, you can visit xbox.com/play to get access to 100+ Xbox game titles on iPhone and iPads. The games allow the use of wired and Bluetooth controllers and touch-based controls for over 50 games. Since it’s a browser-based service, there’s an option to choose from Chrome, Edge and Safari.
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Other than iPhones and iPads, PCs running on Windows 10 also benefit from this service and can access games in a similar fashion over browser. The benefit of this would be you running proper games on your not-so-powerful PC as if it were a decked out gaming rig. This entire operation uses the offloading of resource-intensive tasks onto a remote rig to which you would be connected over a good internet connection.