Microsoft’s xCloud becomes the first cloud gaming service on iOS in almost ten years after the ongoing beta test expansion
- Microsoft’s cloud gaming service xCloud has gone into beta on iOS
- The service is the first cloud streaming for games in almost a decade
- The beta version is already full and has only allowed 10,000 testers
- Users may not be able to test xCloud for the entire duration due to Apple policies
It may sound like a fever dream, but Xbox is now available on the iPhone.
In an extension of a beta test for Microsoft’s cloud-based game streaming service, xCloud, iOS can now start playing Xbox games – or in this case only one game – that are traditionally only available on their home consoles using their iPhones and iPads .
As noted by The edge, the introduction of xCloud into the iOS ecosystem is the first time a cloud gaming service has appeared on the operating system since OnLive, an app-based cloud gaming service, almost 10 years ago.
Unfortunately for Apple customers who want to test the service, the beta test is almost immediately full according to Microsoft, with 10,000 testers registering within 24 hours.
What makes the existence of xCloud on iOS even more important, even if it is just a beta test, is the fact that no other important cloud streaming service, including Google Stages, is available through Apple’s App Store.
xCloud tests have been rolled out on Android since last year as the service progresses in the beta phase.
Microsoft says there are some differences between how the test ahs of xCloud functioned on Android and how it will play on iOS.
“To comply with the App Store policies, the preview experience on iOS may look and feel different for those who have tested on Android,” Microsoft wrote.
One of the differences, Microsoft says, is the duration of the test time for users.
“Because of the way in which iOS TestFlight works, those who are accepted in the iOS TestFlight preview do not necessarily have to participate in the full duration of the preview,” reads a blog post.
‘As noted earlier, there are limited spaces available, so for testing purposes we may have to browse through registrants to make the most of the available test audience. This also means that even if you miss the initial assignment, you might receive an invitation to participate in the preview later! “
Microsoft’s xCloud is the very first game streaming service of the company and began its testing phase in the last year of the US, UK and Korea
Unlike Android tests, participants can only play one game, “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” in the iOS beta of Microsoft.
As is the case with previous tests, those lucky enough to get xCloud on iOS only need a valid Microsoft account associated with their Xbox gamertag and an Xbox One wireless controller that can connect via Bluetooth.
Their device must also run iOS 13 or newer.
It is not clear when xCloud will launch after the beta testing phase, but Microsoft has said it plans to make the service available to more people this year.