Xbox Cloud Gaming Beta Coming to PC and iOS on April 20
Microsoft Cloud Gaming for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is finally coming to PC this week. After spending over a year with exclusive Android access.
Cloud gaming via PC premiered earlier this year in February. Thanks to screenshots Microsoft shared on ongoing internal testing. But other than a rather vague description of “coming in spring 2021”, no one knew when the PC version of this service was going to appear.
A new report today from Microsoft gives the official launch date. Noting that PC and iOS will have access to the service formerly known as xCloud at the same time.
Xbox Cloud Gaming for PC and iOS will be a limited beta
According to Microsoft, the PC and iOS versions will be in a limited beta for the time being. Kind of like Project xCloud was for Android when it was first opened.
Since it’s limited, it also means that only a small group of people will be able to check things out. Microsoft will begin sending out invitations starting tomorrow, April 20. And will likely continue to send out invitations throughout the week and into the future.
From there, the company will likely send out more invitations in waves over time, eventually launching into an open beta that anyone can participate in. So far, Microsoft has given no indication of when this might happen.
If you want limited beta access, all you need is an existing Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership. Although you are probably more likely to receive an invite if your subscription was active before today.
However, that doesn’t mean that you won’t stand a chance of getting an invite, even if you just registration. So you might want to give it a try if you are curious about trying things out. If this is your first time signing up for Game Pass Ultimate, you can still earn your first month for $ 1.
Access is open to 22 countries where Xbox Game Pass is supported
Microsoft says all 22 countries where Xbox Game Pass is supported will have the option to receive invites. So keep an eye out for those inboxes.
If you receive an invite, you can play games through Edge, Chrome, or Safari web browsers on Windows 10 PCs and iOS smartphones and tablets. You will also need a compatible Bluetooth or USB controller if you are playing on a PC, or a compatible Bluetooth controller for iOS. IOS devices can also use custom touch controls.