You can stream your iPhone and iPad with Xbox games now

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Image: Microsoft – Microsoft now supports web browsers including Safari for xCloud game streaming. Shortly preceding the E3 event, Microsoft had announced plans to extend the streaming of xCloud Games to browsers, and today, this update has gone live.

The Xbox Game Pass Ultimate support for Microsoft XCloud streaming enables users to play games across a number of web browsers, including Chrome, Edge and Safari. The last is bound to have the greatest effect, as Android phones and tablets have an Xbox Game Pass app, unlike iOS.

However, since Apple’s App Store guidelines require every single game that is available from a game streaming service to have its own app store list, it’s nearly impossible to create special applications for iOS/iPadOS on Microsoft or other game streaming services such as Stadia and GeForce Ahora.

But Microsoft can escape the need for a specific application via the streaming of games with Safari by opening its Game-streaming service for Apple-fans, iPhones and ipads, with the latest update to xCloud in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

The aim is simple for Microsoft: to make streaming of games as available as possible, whatever device you use. So starting today, Microsoft is saying that Xbox Cloud Gaming can be accessed on Windows PCs, iPhones and iPads in 22 countries by all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Subscribers.

As part of Microsoft expanding Designed for Xbox platform, mobile phone controllers like the Backbone One for Xbox are now certified to work in iOS.
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Also, Microsoft says xCloud game streaming also boosts video quality by setting a maximum of 1080p at 60fps with new servers powered by Xbox series X hardware (assuming your wireless connection is fast enough). Sadly, there is not yet any word on support for 4K native streaming, although some streame boxes such as the Nvidia Shield TV can upgrade 1080p to 4K to improve the quality of images.

Finally, Microsoft announced another expansion to its Xbox initiative, which included new badges for iOS peripherals such as mobile phone controllers such as the Backbone One and the Razer Kishi for iOS, with the objective of ensureing that everyone who streams games to iPhone and iPad has the right accessories.

While Apple will not open the App Store to streaming apps for game-based applications, you can still stream some of the best titles on your phone or tablet, no matter which device or operating system you are using.

[Fixed at 6.50 pm ET] The xCloud game streaming article was originally posted on Macs using Safari, but unfortunately Macs are still not officially supported, although a Safari for macOS version is also included.

“The support of Windows 10 PCs, Apple phones, and tablets is being started with the use of Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome and Safari browsers,” says Microsoft in a statement sent to Gizmodo by a Microsoft spokesperson. We will continue hearing feedback and working over time to support more devices.”