Microsoft on Monday announced its Xbox Cloud Gaming service will be available to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members across 22 countries who play on Windows 10 PCs and Apple smartphones and tablets, via the web browser.
“If you’re a member or want to become a member, simply go to xbox.com/play on Microsoft Edge, Chrome, or Safari on your PC or mobile device to start playing hundreds of games from the Xbox Game Pass library,” Catherine Gluckstein, Vice President & Head of Product, Xbox Cloud Gaming wrote in a blog post.
“With billions of active Windows 10 PCs, iOS devices and Android phones, we want you to have new opportunities to play the deepest, most immersive games whenever and wherever you choose. Simply put, we’re bringing the Xbox experience directly to the devices you use most.”
Xbox Cloud Gaming is now powered by custom Xbox Series X hardware to bring significant improvements to the overall experience.
The company has also upgraded Microsoft datacenters around the globe with the fastest, most powerful Xbox hardware, which allows for faster load times, improved frame rates, and an experience of a new generation of gaming.
Further, to ensure the lowest latency, highest quality experience across the broadest set of devices, the service will be streaming at 1080p resolution and up to 60fps (frames per second).
The company will continue to innovate and add more features to enhance user’s cloud gaming experience in the future.
“Cloud gaming provides seamless play across your devices. When you’re streaming games on a PC or mobile device, your game is playing from Xbox hardware in a Microsoft datacentre,” added Gluckstein.
“This means you can jump into a game, connect with your friends, and play through the Xbox network just as you’ve always done. That’s right, your game saves are just the same wherever and whenever you play, so you can pick right back up from where you left off.”
Explaining how gamers are expanding their play on the cloud with Xbox Cloud Gaming, Microsoft disclosed that about one-in-six players who play from the cloud are exclusively using custom touch controls that are enabled for more than 50 games, including Minecraft Dungeons.
Also, gamers can play games from the cloud using a compatible Xbox Wireless Controller, or one of the many supported controllers and mobile gaming accessories, including the all-new Backbone One for iOS.
“Today marks a key milestone in our journey to bring the Xbox experience to all gamers, and we can’t wait for you to begin playing. So, from Team Xbox to you, we hope you experience more joy and connection through gaming anywhere and everywhere,” Gluckstein concluded.