Microsoft's Xbox Cloud Gaming service, formerly known as xCloud, will be available in beta this week for iPhones, iPads, and PCs. According to a blog post published by Microsoft on Monday, the service would be invite-only at first.
Xbox Cloud Gaming was scheduled to launch for iPhones and iPads earlier this year, but Apple changed its App Store rules in September, affecting services such as Xbox Gaming and Google Stadia. Apple's decision compelled the businesses to update their services in web browsers to avoid the App Store's laws. According to the rules, Microsoft, Google, and other companies providing similar services would have had to sell each game as a separate download rather than a full catalog like Netflix does for movies.
Xbox Cloud Gaming is similar to Netflix for video games. Subscribers to Microsoft's $14.99 a month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate plan have access to over 100 games. If you have a fast enough internet connection, the cloud gaming feature allows you to stream the games without downloading them. For Android phones, the streaming option is already available.
Microsoft stated that the service will be rolled out in 22 countries and will continue to encourage new users to try it. Most games need only a Bluetooth or USB controller, though touch controls are available in some of them.