Microsoft has this week announced it is expanding the availability of its xCloud preview service. Launched in preview in October, the cloud gaming platform has only been available on Android. Now, Microsoft is now rolling out xCloud to Apple's iOS platform, allowing users on the platfrom to test the service.
It seems Microsoft is taking the roll out approach it used on Android and applying it to iOS. That means xCloud is only available for iPhone and iPad users in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
If you are unfamiliar with xCloud, it is a service that allows users to play Xbox One games anywhere. It works on any device, including smartphones. Because all data and computing power is hosted in the cloud, gamers can get console-grade gaming from Xbox on their handsets.
Over 50 games are already available on xCloud for Android. However, on iOS the situation is significantly more limited. Indeed, the only game currently supported is Halo: The Master Chief Collection. Furthermore, you can't tap into the Console Streaming feature so won't be able to stream games from your Xbox.
Microsoft has previously discussed the difficulty of managing xCloud on iOS due to the closed nature of the platform. It seems the company is taking a cautious approach to rolling out the service. At the same time, it is worth remembering xCloud remains in preview and is not a fully fledged service just yet.
To run the platform on iOS, you will need to be using iOS 13 or newer and have an Xbox Wireless Controller with Bluetooth support. You can sign up for the iOS preview here and Microsoft says users can be enrolled for the preview on Android and iOS simultaneously.