Microsoft is heavily pushing its xCloud streaming services. It allows anyone to stream their Xbox and PC games using the internet, irrespective of the device. The service launched in September for Android devices. It is currently available to only those who subscribe for Gamepass ultimate as a bundle deal, which only costs $15.
The company could not release the service on the iOS alongside Android because of the restrictions imposed by Apple. However, it seems Microsoft has found a way to release xCloud on iOS and wants to release the service as soon as possible. The service will be available to the iOS users via a web browser (Safari). On the other hand, PC users will get it via the Xbox app.
Microsoft has announced that xCloud will be available to PC and iOS users in Spring next year. Similar to Android users, it will be offered alongside the Xbox Game pass so that players can enjoy a healthy library of games. On top of the licensed games from developers like EA, players will be able to enjoy new games from Microsoft game studios and its subsidiaries on launch day.
The software giant also announced that it is expanding the availability of the service to four more countries. These include Australia, Brazil, Japan, and Mexico. It makes the total number of countries where the service can be used to be equal to 26 (4 more than Google Stadia). The company also shared that its Game Pass business model is booming. It was able to double the number of Game Pass users within a year.