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This article was published on June 28, 2021


Microsoft brings Xbox Cloud Gaming to PC and iOS, no invite required

It's now powered by Xbox Series X machines too

Microsoft brings Xbox Cloud Gaming to PC and iOS, no invite required
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Microsoft‘s Xbox Cloud Gaming, also known as xCloud, has slowly been expanding its reach, starting out as an Android app and recently making its way to PCs and Apple devices via the browser. So far, PC and iOS access has been limited to a few users with invites, but that’s changing today. All Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can now stream games using practically any modern device.

Microsoft says xCloud officially works in Edge, Chrome, and Safari browsers on both desktop and mobile devices, and is currently available in 22 countries. Moreover, Microsoft says the service is now powered by custom Xbox Series X units, which will provide “faster load times, improved frame rates, and an experience of a new generation of gaming.”

While the company doesn’t explicitly say Xbox Series X exclusives are coming to xCloud, the new hardware certainly makes that a strong possibility. In the meantime, games will be streaming at 1080p up to 60 fps, and Microsoft notes that it’ll continue to add features to improve the service down the road. The company also highlighted the first ‘Designed for Xbox’ iPhone controller.

If you want to try out the service yourself, you can sign up at xbox.com/play. It costs $14.99 a month and you’ll just need an approved controller if you don’t have a touchscreen.

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