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Microsoft's xCloud Xbox gaming launches for everyone on Apple devices, PCs

xCloud Xbox Gaming
xCloud Xbox Gaming (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • The beta opened to select users in April.
  • There are 100 games to date.
  • xCloud remains in beta

On Monday, Microsoft revealed (opens in new tab) news many have been waiting to hear. Microsoft's xCloud Xbox Cloud Gaming is available to everyone on iPhone, iPad, and PCs. With it, gamers can play over 100 console games from their mobile device or Windows 10 computer. You must have an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription and a compatible controller to use. With membership, you can enjoy console games through Xbox.com.

First launched through beta testing in April, Xbox Cloud Gaming on Apple phones and tablets has been heavily anticipated and should push the service to fun, new levels. On PCs, xCloud is accessible through the Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome browsers; on iOS and iPad, you can use a web-based app using mobile Safari.

When the first beta invites arrived to select users a few months ago, Microsoft said it planned to take the "time to test and learn." Though the service remains firmly in beta, this open invitation suggests much progress has been made on bringing the service online for the masses.

With Xbox Cloud Gaming Ultimate, you get immediate access to 100 high-quality games with friends on console, PC, phones, and tablets, with new games added often. Membership also includes special discounts and deals and in-game content, and partner offers. You also receive Xbox Live Gold and EA Play membership.

Microsoft's offering Xbox Cloud Gaming Ultimate for new members for three months for just $1 (opens in new tab). Beginning with the fourth month, the monthly fee is $14.99.

You can find the entire list of xCloud games on the Xbox website (opens in new tab).

Bryan M Wolfe
Staff Writer

Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.