Microsoft has set a date for expanding its xCloud gaming service. The versions for personal computers and for Apple devices under iOS will be available in the spring of 2021. The company will use the launch to extend the service to Mexico, Australia, Brazil, and Japan, potentially accessing tens of millions of additional users.
The video game industry is experiencing a fundamental change when it comes to distributing content. It has happened in the world of music, in the video, and even in software. Games are already being the new battlefield and the new streaming/cloud/digital services do not stop growing in users and possibilities.
Microsoft xCloud for PC and iOS
Although others have tried before, NVIDIA’s GeForce Now, Google’s Stadia, and Microsoft’s xCloud are the three services destined to lead the current revolution. The first two are widely available on various platforms, but not Microsoft’s, so far only available to owners of Android tablets and smartphones.
Microsoft xCloud for PC is very important considering the number of existing personal computers. The service will be able to work on desktops, laptops, or mini-PCs of almost any performance, as long as they have a decent Internet connection. To access the service, PC users may use the Xbox application or the web browser of their choice.
xCloud will also be available for iOS. Another very important platform to cover. As expected, and to save the policies of the App Store (today under intense scrutiny) Microsoft has chosen to run it through browsers without a dedicated app. It’s the same strategy that another of the new gaming services opted for Amazon Luna.
Both users who want to access Microsoft iCloud for PC and those of the version for iOS will have to subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. It is not the most affordable service in the world with its price of 15 dollars a month, but it is one of the best on the market since it offers all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold, access to EA Play, and more than 100 multiplatform games. Cloud gaming from xCloud will be the icing on the cake.
Microsoft will use the launch to carry out a regional expansion to Mexico, Australia, Brazil, and Japan. An important extension from those available until now, Europe, North America, and South Korea.