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Project xCloud game-streaming preview starts on iOS devices

Project xCloud

Project xCloud is coming to iOS.


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Project xCloud, Microsoft’s cloud-based game-streaming service for the Xbox, is currently in preview for Android devices, letting users play more than 50 games from their console on their phones and tablets. Owners of Apple devices will now get their chance to try out the streaming service starting Wednesday, but there are a few catches. 

Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb posted a blog regarding the start of Project xCloud’s iOS preview starting Wednesday through Apple’s TestFlight program, which is how developers can beta test their apps on iOS devices. However, because of the policies of the program, the Project xCloud iOS preview will be a little different than what Android users are currently experiencing. 

To start, only 10,000 people can take part in the preview. This means some people will receive an invite for only a short period of time and then their spot will be given to someone else. There’s also only one game available to stream, Halo: The Master Chief Collection. The preview is available only in the US, the UK and Canada, and there’s no preview for console streaming. 

Those who want to participate in the preview can sign up via the xCloud registration page. People currently in the Android preview can also update their registration via the same link to include iOS devices. An iPhone or iPad with iOS 13.0 is required to participate in the preview. Participants will also need a Microsoft account associated with an Xbox Gamertag and to download the TestFlight app from the App Store. An Xbox One controller is the preferred Bluetooth controller used for the preview, but other wireless controllers can work with xCloud. 

Originally published Feb. 12, 11:51 a.m. PT.
Update, 12:13 p.m.: Includes additional info about preview. 

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