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Xbox Cloud Gaming Browser Leaves Beta, Launches in 22 Countries

June 28, 2021

By: Robert N. Adams

 
 

Microsoft has announced that the Xbox Cloud Gaming browser beta has ended, finally delivering a new way for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to play in 22 countries.

Xbox Game Pass has proven to be pretty popular and the addition of Xbox Cloud Gaming gives gamers even more options for enjoying games on the Xbox platform — even if they don't own the console itself. Now, players in 22 countries now have access to playing Xbox games through the cloud.

 

"Starting today, Xbox Cloud Gaming is available to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members with Windows 10 PCs and Apple phones and tablets, via browser, across 22 countries," read today's announcement.

Supplementing today's new feature is the announcement that custom Xbox hardware has been activated to help power these games for the influx of new players. Microsoft believes that this will deliver "the lowest latency, highest quality experience across the broadest set of devices;" it's targeting 1080p resolution at 60fps regardless of what platform you're using to play the games.

 
 

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Xbox Cloud Gaming Gets a Boost with New Accessories

The Xbox Cloud Gaming browser feature has left beta, but that's not all that's new today — Microsoft has also revealed a number of new Designed for Xbox accessories for iOS devices.

 
 

The Backbone mobile controller has officially picked up the Designed for Xbox label and is compatible with all iPhone models running iOS 13 or later, making it easier than ever to game on the smaller iDevices. That's not the only new toy, though — a Razer Kishi has also been unveiled for iPhones.

It can still be pretty hard to get your hands on a new console, but today's expansion of Xbox Cloud Gaming means that you might not have to right away. You can get started with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate at the price of just $1 for the first three months; the service will cost you $14.99 a month after that.

What do you think of Xbox Cloud Gaming expanding to more platforms? What other platforms do you enjoy Xbox games on other than the console itself? Let us know in the comments below!

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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!