Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming service (formerly called xCloud) is now available on iOS devices and Windows 10 PCs for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. In April, the company announced an invite-only beta for Xbox Cloud Gaming on iOS devices and PC, and now it’s rolling out to everyone in 22 countries. iOS and PC users can access Xbox Cloud Gaming through their browser if they have a decent internet connection. There are over 100 games in the Xbox Cloud Gaming library that players can now access with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription.
Vice President and Head of Product at Xbox Cloud Gaming, Catherine Gluckstein, shared in a blog post that Xbox Cloud Gaming is now available to Game Pass Ultimate subscribers with Windows 10 PCs or iOS devices, including iPhones and iPads. Users need to use their browser be it Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome or Safari to use Xbox Cloud Gaming and access over 100 games. The Verge could also run it on macOS through Safari and Chrome. As of now, the service is available in 22 countries, including Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, USA and others. India is unfortunately not on the list.
Xbox Cloud Gaming is now powered by Xbox Series X, which Microsoft calls an upgrade to the most powerful Xbox hardware. This means that while the game is streaming on your local device, it is actually running on Xbox hardware in a data center. The company says it will allow gamers to experience game streaming at 1080p up to 60fps on “the widest devices.”
Xbox Cloud Gaming can be experienced on compatible devices with touch controls or supported controllers or even the Backbone One controller for iOS. As mentioned before, players must have an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription which costs $14.99 (about Rs. 1,100) in the US. Microsoft currently has a big discount that cuts the cost to just $1 (about Rs. 75) and not only that, if you buy the subscription for one month, you get two additional months for free. In India, Game Pass Ultimate usually costs Rs. 699 per month, but Microsoft has the same offer here and gives a three-month subscription for just Rs. 50, although Indian users can’t experience Xbox Cloud Gaming yet.
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