Microsoft’s xCloud Beta Is Launching on iOS and Home windows

You must be an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriber to use the cloud gaming service.

Microsoft has announced that its xCloud game streaming service will finally be available as a beta for early adopters on the iPhone, iPad and PC starting tomorrow.

Microsoft xCloud Beta starts on April 20th

The game streaming service will be launched on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 as a beta version for Microsoft Windows 10 and Apple's iOS and iPadOS platforms.

As we announced late last year, we're bringing Xbox to more gamers on more devices via the cloud this year. Starting tomorrow, we'll be sending out invitations to selected Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to try the limited beta version of Xbox Cloud Gaming for Windows 10 PCs and Apple phones and tablets via web browsers.

Both the beta version for xCloud, which is only available by invitation, and the final shipping counterpart are available via the Edge, Chrome or Safari browsers at www.xbox.com/play.

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More titles will be added to the subscription service over time. Note that you must be an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriber to use xCloud.

Microsoft xCloud pricing and availability

The beta will be released in 22 countries, Microsoft wrote in a post on Xbox Wire.

The limited beta is our time to test and learn. We will continuously send more invitations to players in all 22 supported countries, evaluate feedback, further improve the experience and add support for more devices.

The list of supported countries can be found on the xCloud Game Pass website.

Approximately one hundred games are available to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers at launch at no additional cost, including titles like Tell Me Why and hits like Destiny 2.

The service will open "in the coming months" to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members.

Using Microsoft xCloud on iOS

Due to the strict Apple rules for developing this party for its platforms, xCloud will not be available as a native app on iOS and iPadOS upon public launch. In other words, you need to use Apple's Safari browser to access the service on your iPhone or iPad.

Regardless of the platform, you play these games with a paired gaming controller, with both wired and wireless connections supported. Alternatively, you can use custom touch controls for 50+ games.

"In the early stages of beta, our focus is on fine-tuning features and creating a consistent experience across all platforms while making sure the games are performing at their best," the company wrote. xCloud is already available on Android smartphones and tablets.

With xCloud, you can play the games included in your subscription on supported devices without the need for a physical Xbox console or additional hardware. With that in mind, xCloud is more of an extension of your current Xbox gaming setup than a complete replacement.

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