Microsoft confirms its Xbox service will come to iOS and PC in 2021

Microsoft has confirmed that it is bringing its xCloud gaming service to Apple’s iOS platform and to Windows PC starting spring 2021. According to the company, it will support iPhone, iPad and PC starting next year. As per the Microsoft blog, in spring 2021, they will take the next step in their journey to reach more players around the world by making cloud gaming a part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate available on Windows PCs through the Xbox app and browser, and iOS devices through the mobile web browser.

The company shared that compared to the previous year, Xbox Game Pass monthly engagement more than doubled in November. They have also seen: 

  • Over 1.6 million seamless upgrades delivered to Xbox Series X|S owners with Smart Delivery.
  • Over 40 per cent of you joining Xbox for the first time are playing on Xbox Series S.
  • One of the fastest-selling Xbox Series X|S markets out of 40+ launch regions, Europe saw record sellouts in a matter of hours across the UK, France and Germany.
  • During November, Xbox Game Pass members played more of their favourites, including, Destiny 2: Beyond LightRainbow Six: Siege, Tetris Effect Connected, and Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order with EA Play on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

To keep the momentum going, Microsoft will bring cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to iOS devices and PCs in spring 2021, though an exact date was not shared. Game Pass Ultimate costs Rs. 699 per month but is currently discounted significantly to Rs. 50. Purchasing one month of Game Pass Ultimate will give you two months of access for free.

While Game Pass titles are already playable on PCs, they require powerful hardware as the games will be rendered on the player’s system. With cloud gaming, players using older or more budget-friendly hardware will be able to take advantage of the library of games without having to worry about their desktop’s capability to run them. On PC, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will be available through the Xbox app and browser.