Microsoft revealed today that the company will have more than 150 games for streaming through its subscription service Xbox Game Pass Ultimate tomorrow. Formerly known as xCloud, the game streaming feature launches on September 15 for Android tablets and phones.
xCloud is included in the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate as a feature for streaming games. Microsoft launches an update to the Xbox Game Pass app for Android in 22 countries tomorrow, including Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
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Microsoft is also working to improve xCloud with touch controls for games. The first title to be released with touch controls will be Minecraft Dungeons, including support for controlling how large controls are on the screen.
Microsoft is already demonstrating Facilities 5 touch controls, and xCloud testers had touch controls for Hellblade: The victim of Senua from about a month. Expect many more games to take those touch controls in the coming months.
Unfortunately, xCloud will not initially be available on the iPhone or iPad due to previously blocking Apple services such as xCloud. Apple expanded Microsoft’s olive branch last week by allowing streaming services for games like xCloud or Stadia to exist on iOS or iPadOS with a big catch. Apple wants companies like Microsoft to individually present their games as separate applications, using its streaming technology.
Microsoft was not happy with this requirement, but it is unclear whether the company could eventually pack some games and transfer them to iPhone or iPad devices. Microsoft called Apple’s move a “bad customer experience,” noting that movie or song streaming apps don’t have to package separate content into separate apps.
Updated, September 14 9:15 AM ET: The article has been updated with details about xCloud touch controls.