Hot on the heels of EA Play’s addition to Xbox Game Pass PC, Microsoft has announced that from tomorrow, select Game Pass Ultimate members can play Xbox Cloud Gaming on Apple phones, tablets, and Windows 10 PCs. The service will start as a limited beta.
The lucky players will have early access to over 100 titles through the Edge, Google Chrome, and Safari browsers by heading to xbox.com/play. Users can play with a compatible Bluetooth or USB-connected controller (like the Series X|S gamepad) or can use custom touch controls on over 50 games. These include big titles like Minecraft Dungeons, Gears 5, Sea of Thieves, and Overcooked 2.
The official announcement confirmed that more invites will be sent out “on a continuous basis to players in all 22 supported countries”. Promising to “open up to all Game Pass Ultimate members in the coming months”.
Android device owners have been taking advantage of Cloud Gaming since its September 2020 roll-out, with iOS users initially locked out due to Apple’s refusal to allow video game streaming services on their App Store. Officially, Apple reasons that “it would need to review each game individually”, but as Microsoft retorted, the titles have already been rated by independent players like the ESRB. They also argue that similar streaming apps, like Netflix, don’t have to go through a rating process for each title.
So this browser workaround comes as great news to all iOS phone and tablet users, who can finally get the full value of their Ultimate subscription.
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