Microsoft’s xCloud trials have only been going on for a few weeks but the company is opening up the platform to more games and more hardware as well. The company made several announcements for xCloud at the company’s XO19 event taking place this week in London.
The company is expanding xCloud trials to include 50 games, up from the previous four titles. This is a significant expansion of the titles available and make no mistake, this was likely done to align to the release of Google’s Stadia which is launching next week but with only twelve titles.
On the hardware side, Microsoft is starting to show off iOS xCloud applications as well and will support Sony’s DualShock controller too. There is no release date yet for xCloud on iOS but it’s good to know that the application testing process is moving forward.
If you have been looking forward to trying out xCloud on the PC, Microsoft says that testing should start happening in 2020; no timeline for release was given. And if xCloud isn’t in your country yet, Canada, Japan, Western Europe, and India will be added to the beta pool in early 2020.
Microsoft also revealed how the service will be offered to customers too. To little surprise, xCloud will become part of GamePass but the company did not explicitly state if this will be a new SKU or included at the current price point. And if that wasn’t enough information, the company says that xCloud will allow you to stream games from the cloud that you already own.
With the company’s XO19 event in London, Microsoft answered some of the outstanding questions regarding its game streaming service. While Google’s offering may be launching next week, Microsoft is not far behind with xCloud and considering all the features and games that are included today, despite being in beta, you could argue that it is ahead of Stadia already.