This month, Microsoft announced that its Xbox cloud gaming service will enter beta for the iPhone, iPad and Windows 10 PC. The platform is now live while we’re here Reliable review Having not yet had a chance to try it for myself, I am excited to see what the move will mean for Xbox gamers with Apple phones.
The company began inviting select Game Pass ultimate members to test the feature on Apple phones and tablets through its browser on 20 April.
Those lucky individuals can now play more than 100 Xbox Game Pass titles on Xbox.com/play on a browser of their choice (Edge, Chrome or Safari).
This is where the iPhone cloud gaming service differs from this on Android. Android users can download the Game Pass app to play more than 150 titles from their phones, while those gaming from our iPhones will need to stream through our phone browsers.
Of course, this is not a completely new experience for anyone familiar with cloud gaming. Google’s Stadia platform runs through the company’s own Chrome browser or Safari browser on iPhone and iPad.
Like Game Pass members, Stadia customers also have the option to play through the app on Android devices. While a Stadia app is available for Apple devices, it can only be used to manage your account on other devices, not to play games on your smartphone.
Looking at both services, it may appear that Apple users have been left in the dust here.
Microsoft States that “offering cloud gaming through a browser and a simplified, universal landing page presents a great opportunity to make cloud gaming acceptable to more players in more locations over time”, but navigating the browser Very rarely does the feature match on your app. Home screen of phone.
That said, it is important to note that this is only a beta.
Microsoft stated in its announcement, “We plan to start as soon as possible and open all Xbox Game Pass ultimate members in the coming months so that more people have the opportunity to play Xbox”.
The idea behind the cloud gaming service is to bring the Xbox platform and games into the category of devices for more and more players. Right now, the iPhone’s Xbox Cloud Gaming service is still under testing, with Microsoft focusing on fixing the feature and ensuring the gaming experience.
If all goes well for Microsoft, cloud gaming on Apple devices could prove to be an important step in attracting more users to the Xbox platform, while also making it easier for existing customers.
To learn more about Xbox and Apple, be sure to check out our reviews of the Xbox One X and Xbox One S, as well as our reviews on the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro.
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