If you want to play PC games on high settings, you also need good hardware – well, that was it! Continuing the gaming experience on the go – hardware-independent – is part of the future. To this end, Microsoft has been pursuing the so-called xCloud service approach for a long time.
Update from April 21st, 2021:
Now it is also the turn of owners of Windows PCs and Apple devices. Microsoft is making the announcement come true and expands its xCloud service to include said devices. Selected players who have a Gamepass Ultimate Membership have already received invitations as part of a restricted beta phase.
In contrast to Android devices, the streaming offer does not run via its own app. In order to get access to the game content, you log into the corresponding device via your trusted web browser. You will then receive access via your own landing page.
If you do not want to use touch control, a compatible Bluetooth or USB-bound controller is required. In order to get all players on board quickly, further waves of invitations will follow in the course of the next few months.
Update from 02/15/2021: At the end of 2020, Microsoft announced that it would offer its streaming service xCloud on other platforms in the future. Both iOS devices and PC players should then be able to use Microsoft’s game streaming service. So far, the function has been reserved for Android devices. The additional devices can access xCloud via the Xbox app or directly via the web browser.
Well the magazine has The Verge first pictures and additional information received from some insiders. The employees should already be testing a first web version.
Xbox Game Pass: Microsoft offers cloud functionality on iOS and PC
With the Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft has its subscription service on offer, which allows players to play over a hundred games for 9.99 euros a month on the PC and Xbox.
Subscribers to the somewhat more expensive Ultimate subscription also have access to xCloud: Microsoft’s game streaming function. The games can then be played via streaming on the Android mobile phone via an app. However, latency and image quality are then dependent on your own Internet connection.
In one blog entry Microsoft has now announced that they want to make this function available for other platforms. IOS and PC players should also be able to use xCloud in spring 2021if you are an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriber.
This way, players who own a gaming PC could start playing new games before the download is complete. Since the game is linked to the Microsoft account, you can continue playing seamlessly after the download is complete.
PC gamers will then be able to access xCloud in spring 2021 via the Xbox app or via the browser, iOS users will not get their own app, but can also use the service via the web browser.
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Thanks to this feature, gamers without suitable gaming hardware will for the first time have the opportunity to catch up on the relevant games directly on their PC. Ultrabooks and convertibles also become more or less gaming PCs in this way – and can easily be taken with you to your parents on the weekend, for example.
Game streaming on the PC: Microsoft is finally following suit
Thanks to streaming services such as Nvidia GeForce Now and Google Stadia, PC gamers have long had the option of playing their games on weaker devices. The only drawback: The games must be purchased in advance.
With Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, subscribers have access to over 100 games that they can stream at no additional cost.
Competitor Google Stadia also had a lot to do with:
Many users of the Ultimate subscription had already wanted Microsoft to roll out the xCloud function on other platforms – at the beginning of next year, their wish will finally come true. How well the function then works remains to be seen. So far, the experience on Android phones has been rather mixed.