Microsoft today revealed that its Xbox Cloud Gaming component of Game Pass, which allows users to stream Game Pass games to non-console devices, will be leaving its limited beta and users who subscribe to Game Pass Ultimate can now play Xbox games on their Apple devices and Windows 10 PCs, via browsers. The company has also updated its datacenters to run on Xbox Series X hardware.
The Xbox Wire update reads: “Starting today, Xbox Cloud Gaming is available to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members with Windows 10 PCs and Apple phones and tablets, via browser, across 22 countries. If you’re a member or want to become a member, simply go to xbox.com/play on Microsoft Edge, Chrome, or Safari on your PC or mobile device to start playing hundreds of games from the Xbox Game Pass library.”
Xbox Cloud Gaming, also known as xCloud, has previously allowed users to stream Game Pass titles to their Android devices. Some of those releases even supported touch controls, though the number was very limited. Microsoft has previously attempted to get xCloud onto Apple devices, but Apple has been notoriously shy about allowing the service onto its ecosystem. In addition to Apple devices, users can also play xCloud games on Edge, Chrome, or Safari on Windows 10 devices as well.
To help boost the power of xCloud streaming, Microsoft upgraded a datacenter to Xbox Series X hardware: “We’ve been upgrading Microsoft datacenters around the globe with the fastest, most powerful Xbox hardware to give you faster load times, improved frame rates, and an experience of a new generation of gaming. To ensure the lowest latency, highest quality experience across the broadest set of devices, we will be streaming at 1080p and up to 60fps.” The games being available to play on Windows 10 PCs means that gamers who don’t have very powerful PCs can still play games on Game Pass.
Source: Xbox Wire