Xbox Cloud Gaming Beta Coming to Windows and iOS Tomorrow

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Xbox Cloud Gaming will come to Windows 10 PCs and Apple iOS devices in a limited beta tomorrow, April 20, the company announced today. For now, the beta will be available to 22 countries, with more being added at a later date.

This beta will be exclusive to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers, so if you’re not a member, you won’t be able to participate in the beta. Even then, only "select" subscribers are being invited.

The service will be available at on iPhones, iPads and PCs, where those who have been invited can play more than 100 Game Pas tittlies through Safari, Edge or Google Chrome. 

 To play those games, you’ll need a compatible Bluetooth or USB-connected controller. Touch controls will also be available for 50 of the 100 games and will work similarly to how they do with Android devices. 

Microsoft and Apple previously had public disagreements about Game Pass, where Apple wanted each game to be to be run through the App Store, and Microsoft ultimately had to take to web browsers as a workaround.

If you don’t already have an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, you can sign up for one month of gaming goodness for just $1. Otherwise, it is priced at $14.99 per month and provides access to over 100 games for Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, and Windows 10. Recently, Microsoft and Electronic Arts teamed up to add EA Play to Xbox Game Pass as well.

Keith Mitchell

Keith Mitchell is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He is an IT professional during the day, and a passionate lover of video games and tech after his 9-5 grind. He has a weird affinity for Soulsborne games and plays them non-stop.

  • Trustdesa
    Considering PC gaming is heading towards obsolescence with yet again overpriced GPUs (even at MSRP the whole line up is absolutely dreadful) vs Consoles I can now start seeing these services making sense for whoever still use a PC For other tasks so does not want to purchase a console. £500 for a xx70 class with 8gb Vram and anything below or above being as bad value, crypto with Nvidia not wanting to increase production to avoid a situation of spare inventory and retailers being a total scam and failure in handling bots, this makes sense.

    PC Hardware retailers will increase further their gap in hardware as less and less people build PCs (no...there is no high demand for 30xx, they just give not even enough for the enthusiast who would buy even a 3k cards, that's not the market, that's a niche) and so AIB as they really do not make any chip themselves.

    Until my 1080ti will do the job in ultrawide 1440p fine then will look at this, not going to spend 3k to play CONSOLE PORTS really... we no longer have big exclusives and now with Ngreedia (and AMD) we do not really have an edge, on a £650 card you need super sampling (glorified under the name DLSS by Nvidia marketing team) to play games.