After writing about xCloud and how it can get to iOS properly or not at all, it looks like we’re finally on the home stretch. Microsoft just announced a plethora of new details and plans for xCloud or Xbox cloud gaming and Xbox Game Pass. In the next few weeks Microsoft will upgrade the server hardware for xCloud on Xbox Series X from the current Xbox One S backend. This enables faster load times, newer Xbox Series X | S games, and an overall better experience for everyone. The current streaming for browsers is in the beta phase and will also be made available to all in supported regions in the next few weeks. That means the iOS and iPadOS streaming may start along with the server upgrade and be a great experience from the start. After waiting for such a long time, it looks like streaming Xbox games is less than a month away if you live in a supported region and have an iPhone or iPad.
If you haven’t kept up with xCloud and why it didn’t launch alongside Android on iOS, Apple’s own limitations and rules are what is causing the delay. Fortunately, we should announce a definitive date at E3 or shortly thereafter and the wait is finally over. If you’d like to see what an early build of xCloud looks like through a browser, read here. In addition to browsers, Microsoft is also reviewing new subscription offers in various markets and is working to ensure that everyone can play on any screen without the need for a console. Cloud gaming will also hit Australia, Brazil, Mexico and Japan later this year. Have you tried xCloud through one of the previews or the Android version?