Following an invite-only beta test that began in mid-April, Microsoft rolled out its Xbox Cloud Gaming service to all Game Pass Ultimate subscribers on iOS and PC. With the open beta starting today, you can visit the xCloud website and start playing some of the games included in the Game Pass library through your browser. On PC, the service supports Edge and Chrome, while on iOS, it can be accessed through Safari. Plus, you can use a controller via Bluetooth or USB to play the included games.
Microsoft also shared that it is now using custom Xbox Series X hardware to power the xCloud experience. For those with a fast enough internet connection, the new hardware will allow you to stream games at 1080p and up to 60 frames per second. At the same time, Microsoft is expanding its Made for Xbox to include two iOS controllers: the Backbone One and the Razer Kishi. Along with the new badge, both controllers will come with a three-month free trial of Game Pass Ultimate for those who have never tried the service before.
Getting to the point where xCloud is available on iOS devices has been kind of a journey for Microsoft. Citing its policies on the App Store, Apple initially said it would not allow game streaming apps on its devices, but then created an exception to allow those apps to work through a browser.