Microsoft has announced this morning that the company is bringing its cloud gaming service to iOS and the PC through the browser. The company promised that these endpoints would arrive in early 2021 and now they are delivering on that promise.
But there are a few important things to note. First is that the service will start with an invite-only testing phase which means that the company is starting with a small group of testers and will slowly expand it as feedback is assessed for performance and stability. The second thing to know is that cloud gaming will work on the PC through the browser but only with Edge and Chrome.
This is a significant expansion for the company’s cloud gaming service. While the service is currently available for Android devices, bringing this functionality to the browser and iOS will likely cover a much larger demographic than only being available on Android. But with the service becoming available in a limited capacity, it is far from general availability but hopefully, that milestone will be reached later this year.
In the announcement post, Microsoft says that starting tomorrow, they will send out invites to Game Pass Ultimate users. It should also be noted that on the PC, you will need to use a controller or touch controls as mouse and keyboard are not supported at this time.
Microsoft is betting big on its cloud gaming functionality that is part of Game Pass. While it will not replace a traditional console anytime soon, it does open the door to potential gamers that may not have previously had access to Xbox content.