Microsoft is set to officially launch its much-awaited xCloud game streaming service on September 15. However,...Read More
is set to officially launch its much-awaited
game streaming service on September 15. However, ahead of the scheduled announcement, the Cupertino-based tech giant is letting users try out the new service in its early
via the compatible Android smartphones and an Xbox Game Plass Ultimate subscription starting Tuesday, August 11.
Users with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription can now download the beta version of Xbox Streaming Preview app and the new Xbox Game Pass Beta app from Google Play Store and stream over 30 games right now without downloading the games. Also, the service is expected to offer over 100 titles upon the final launch.
To try this feature, users will require an Xbox game controller as the service currently does not support touch controls on smartphones. Also, several OEMs are set to announce dedicated Bluetooth controllers specifically designed to work with xCloud service on smartphones.
According to the official
webpage, the service will currently be available in limited regions and the company will expand it to more countries soon.
As of now, the xCloud game streaming service from Microsoft will only be available to Android devices only and has no plans to launch it for iOS devices soon. The company recently criticised
Apple App Store
’s rules by saying that Apple treats both gaming and non-gaming apps differently in response to Apple’s statement where it said that the games that are streaming on xCloud has not been through Apple’s App review process, they cannot allow the app to be published on App Store.