The shift to video game streaming has been slow, but developers and platform owners have been making strides toward the inevitable future. While we’re definitely not where a lot of companies want us to be, there are a few streaming services that are worth a try. Arguably the most notable is Xcloud (or Xbox Cloud Gaming), a service that lets you stream Xbox games to your PC, tablet, and mobile device.
It’s a fairly new service that’s been around for a while, but is now available on iOS and Android devices – allowing you to play Xbox games from anywhere. Since this is a new service, you may not be sure how it works and how to access it on your mobile device. In this guide, we’ll show you how to access Xcloud on mobile devices, including iOS and Android.
Xcloud (or Project Xcloud, as it was once called) is Microsoft’s new streaming service that lets you play select Xbox games across multiple devices. Not only does this allow you to play from anywhere, but it also eliminates the need for a powerful console. Microsoft wants its audience to play the game by any means necessary. The company is not entirely interested in selling you its console.
Instead, they want you to sign up for their subscription service, which houses a plethora of games – many of which are available through Xcloud. This includes new Xbox Series X titles, as well as older games from Xbox One and earlier.
It’s a win-win for everyone. Players can access the latest games at affordable prices, while Microsoft profits without having to create expensive hardware. It is true that the company is still in the control panel business, but the systems are not known to be profitable until later in their lifecycle. From a business perspective, having monthly subscribers is ideal, more predictable, and in many cases, more profitable than selling hardware.
Because of all this, Xcloud is a compelling service that has the potential to herald the future of video games.
Get the right controller
If all of that sounds appealing, you’re probably considering jumping on board. Here’s what you need to know.
The first thing is that you must have a compatible controller to play Xbox games via Xcloud. Multiple controllers will work and can sync with compatible devices that support Xcloud. If you own a modern console, chances are you have a compatible controller like a DualShock 4 controller or a wireless Xbox controller.
Controllers from the following companies work with Xcloud:
For more about compatible controllers, visit Microsoft website to see the full list.
Become an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate member
To get access to Xcloud, you need to be an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate member. It is $15 per year and gives you access to Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Live Gold, and the ability to play games via Xcloud. If you’re someone who wants a huge library of games to choose from – on the go or from a console or PC – then this is the service for you. The Game Pass titles alone are worth the entry, along with the ability to play online, thanks to Xbox Live Gold.
Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold are separate, but Xbox Game Pass Ultimate brings them together, giving you plenty of value for a low monthly price.
Use a compatible device
The final piece of the puzzle is to make sure you have a compatible device that supports Xcloud. You can play from your iPhone, iPad or compatible Android phone or tablet. On Apple devices, make sure you have iOS 14.4 or later, along with Bluetooth 4.0.
The USB connection works with some controllers, so refer to the previous section for more information on that.
For Android, you will need Android 6.0 or later and Bluetooth 4.0 to play wirelessly.
The other thing that Microsoft recommends is having a minimum 10Mbps internet speed with 5Ghz Wi-Fi to get the most out of your gaming experience. In that, the problem lies with game streaming, as it is very difficult for people to get internet speeds that can keep up with it.
Now that you have a compatible device, controller, and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership, you’re ready to start playing! Depending on the device you have, there are several ways you can access Xcloud.
Those with iOS devices will need to access their Xcloud games through a browser, so fire up Chrome, Safari, or Microsoft Edge to get started. Then visit hãy Microsoft website and login. Assuming the account you’re signed into has Game Pass Ultimate, you’ll have access to over 100 games right from the browser. From there, you simply navigate the menu just like you would on an Xbox console. The best thing about this is that there is no need to download anything. All compatible games are available immediately, assuming your internet can handle it.
On Android, there is an extra option, but it works the same way it does on Apple. You can access Xcloud from a browser just like on iOS, or you can use the Xbox Game Streaming app. Either way, the process is the same. Sign in with your Xbox Game Pass Ultimate account and get access to over 100 games right from your phone or tablet.
The list of games is more than 100 strong and it includes many recent releases. We won’t go through all of them here, but we will highlight some fan favorites that you should definitely try:
- Fallout 3
- Yakuza: Like a Dragon
- Demon within 2
- A Plague Tale Innocence
- Batman: Knight Arkham
- ARK: Survival Evolved
- Fate 2
- Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of the Elusive Age – Final Edition
- Fable Memorial Day
- Forza Horizon 4
- Gears 5
- Grand Theft Auto DRAW
- Halo: The Master Chief Collection
- MLB The Show 21
- Monster Hunter: World
- NieR: Automata
- Ori and the Will of the Wisps
- Red Dead Online
- Resident Evil 7 Biohazard
- Decay 2
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- The Sims 4
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
For a complete list, see Microsoft’s site. Please note that this list will grow as Game Pass has expanded since launch. And presumably, each first-party release will be available through Xcloud.