Project xCloud: Microsoft tests Xbox game streaming on iOS

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Microsoft offers XCloud project a game streaming service that brings Xbox games to the cloud Microsoft calculated and distributed on a user’s device, for example Android smartphones. for iOS there is now also a beta version, although this is limited compared to the Android version due to Apple’s rules.

Microsoft game streaming should be divided into two fundamentally different categories: Project xCloud uses Microsoft’s cloud server to render Xbox games and stream them to users’ (mobile) devices, while Xbox console streaming does domestic computing power Game console used.

The Xbox console broadcast took place in mid-January Officially also usable in Germany, Microsoft Project xCloud’s cloud gaming service, however, is still in beta.

10,000 places to change the tester

The company has now extended this to include an iOS version of Apple, after which until now only Android users could try the service on their smartphones and tablets. The preview version of Project xCloud for iOS is managed via the Apple TestFlight app for apps that are still in development. The public testing phase, limited to 10,000 testers, has already been fully booked, which is why Microsoft will replace the existing testers with new ones at a later date, which will still be able to enroll in the program now. Officially, the trial period is reserved for users from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Apple limits functionality and content

The Xbox blog indicates that Project xCloud for iOS does not match the functionality of the Android version due to Apple’s rules and restrictions. The app only supports cloud gaming, while Project xCloud for Android also includes Xbox console streaming. Due to the App Store rules, only “Halo: The Master Chief Collection” is currently playable through the app.

To try out Project xCloud for iOS, you must first have a Microsoft account linked to Xbox Gamertag. At least iOS 13.0 must be installed on the iPhone or iPad; Bluetooth 4.0 is also required to pair an Xbox One wireless controller. Microsoft recommends at least 10 Mbit / s in the downlink and a 5 GHz WLAN connection for the Internet connection.

Android testers can try the iOS version

Anyone already on Android for XCloud project saved can add an iOS device to the access without losing the Android app. If Microsoft publishes new locations, the user receives a corresponding email and can then continue with the installation in the TestFlight application. Without an existing test account for Android, the Registration for the xCloud project be performed.

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