Starting from today, Xbox Cloud Gaming will be available to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate users in 22 countries to play on Windows 10 PCs. Xbox Cloud Gaming will also be available to Game Pass Ultimate members using Apple phones and tablets.
Xbox Cloud Gaming, a browser-based service, allows players to play any Xbox Game Pass game and access their saves on multiple compatible devices. It allows players who don’t own PCs or powerful consoles to play popular games on devices that don’t normally support them. The service has been in open beta since April.
In addition to device support, Microsoft has announced that Xbox Cloud Gaming is now powered by custom Xbox Series X hardware, which means games will stream in 1080p at up to 60 frames. /sec.
Microsoft says the addition of Xbox Series X hardware to its servers and data centers will enable higher-quality gaming experiences and lower latency across all devices, but that remains to be seen. whether the average user will see improvements, or whether congestion from internet service providers will negate any server-side improvements. Microsoft promises to continue to improve the service in the future.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate users already have access to many small enhancements specific to mobile gaming, including the ability to enable custom touch controls for over 50 games or use an Xbox controller or Bluetooth compatible.
It’s a bit of a good timing, as Microsoft has big plans for Xbox Game Pass. Several premium games were announced for Xbox Game Pass during and after Microsoft’s E3 rollout, making Game Pass a particularly compelling deal.