Today is the official launch of Microsoft’s xCloud service. Many more games will come later this quarter when the EA Play catalog of games gets added.
If you subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, you hopefully now have access to Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming abilities. And can immediately jump into one of more than 150 games.
You might already have all the necessary components to play games on Android. But if you’re looking to try out xCloud on an iPhone, the process, unfortunately, ends right here. Apple hasn’t made an exception for xCloud or any other game streaming service to exist on its App Store.
Here’s what you’ll need to try it yourself:
- A subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, the Microsoft service that costs $14.99 per month, and also provides a catalog of Game Pass games on both console and PC, as well as Xbox Live Gold for online multiplayer.
- An Android phone or tablet that’s running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow or later, and has Bluetooth 4.0 or greater. You’ll need to download the app from the Google Play Store.
- A compatible controller to connect to your phone or tablet over Bluetooth, or USB. If you are connecting through USB, you should be able to use a micro USB (which the DualShock 4 and Xbox wireless controllers use) to USB-A cable with an OTG adapter to fit your phone’s charge port. The Bluetooth-ready Xbox One wireless controller will work just fine if you add a phone clip, but note that the older one doesn’t support Bluetooth.
- At last, a fast Wi-Fi or cellular connection. However, Microsoft suggests connecting to your router via a 5GHz Wi-Fi signal, you should have at least download speeds of 10Mbps for a good experience.
Download The XBOX GAME PASS App
If you search “Game Pass” on your phone in the Play Store, make sure to download the stable non-beta version with a green background, not the one with a white background.
Connect A Controller Via Bluetooth Or USB
There are numerous compatible controllers that you can connect to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth. Alternatively, you can connect a controller via USB. If you don’t have one connected before launching a game, the app will warn you to do so.
Boot The App And Launch A Game
Once you’re signed in with your Microsoft account. You’ll tap or select the “cloud” option beneath the top section of the app where it shows a highlighted game. After that’s selected, every game you see below should be eligible for you to play right from your phone or tablet.