Xbox Cloud Gaming is a Microsoft Xbox cloud gaming service that is still in beta, but available to the public now – as long as you have an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (a monthly subscription account). You don’t even need to own an Xbox console but preferably a compatible controller to play games that require one.
There are many supported controllers such as the Sony DualShock 4, Razer Kishi, or even the popular Backbone controller that I’m currently reviewing from MacGear Australia. And of course, an Xbox controller.
With Xbox Cloud Gaming, you can have access to over 100 Xbox console games that you can play on different types of devices you own at home, including an iPhone, iPad, or Android phones and devices.
So yes, you will finally be able to play the Halo or Gears of War series exclusively for Xbox players without even owning an Xbox console. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate costs AUD 15.95 per month (at A $ 1 for the first month), but you can also get a free trial to verify the service before committing.
I am using my iPhone 12 Pro Max with the Backbone Controller to access and try out Xbox Cloud Gaming – which is now available here in Australia. I really like what I see here. There are tons of games that I have access to, things that I usually don’t see on my PC and PlayStation 4.
At just A $ 15.95, you can play virtually all of these games without having to purchase them individually. And the coolest part is that you can play it on a compatible device wherever you are, without installing the games because everything is served from the cloud. I can simply type xbox.com/play on a web browser (or via a shortcut to home) to access the service.
I didn’t notice any slowdown issues when trying out some games and the Backbone controller support works well in the game, like playing with an Xbox on a smaller screen. Unfortunately, some texts can look quite small even on the iPhone 12 Pro Max just because these games are designed for TV screens, so you either need to make the fonts larger in the game settings or just squint your eyes a bit to read some of them.
You can have better experience on the PC with a large monitor or even on a tablet.
Your progress will obviously be saved in the cloud so you can switch from your home PC to your iPhone while commuting to work and continue where you left off. It’s like having a portable Xbox in your hands, much like the Nintendo Switch (it’s different, but you know what I mean).
For more info and supported devices and controllers, be sure to check out the official Xbox Cloud Gaming page.