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Project xCloud brings Xbox One games to iOS – Microsoft update

PROJECT xCloud is launching in a limited fashion on iOS devices this week, bringing Xbox One games to another non-Microsoft platform.

Project xCloud, Microsoft’s upcoming cloud gaming service, is launching on iOS devices this week. Already available to test on Android phones, xCloud looks set to be a big piece of the next-gen Microsoft strategy. It will allow Xbox games to be played on devices without the need for beefy hardware specs.

Project xCloud remains in preview for now, with plenty of beta-testing needed before it fully launches. If you have signed up to be a tester, you will have access to a library of games that you can play on different devices.

This doesn’t extend to your full Xbox One digital library yet but there are plans for that to happen in 2020. But today, Microsoft has confirmed that a key step to its full launch is taking place with the Project xCloud iOS release.

The good news is that Project xCloud will be available on iPhones or iPads running iOS 13.0 or greater and also Bluetooth version 4.0. Gamers will also need a Bluetooth-enabled Xbox One Wireless Controller to use Project xCloud on iOS.

The downside to this new test is that there will be on one game available to play and the number of testers will be very low, at least for now.

A message from Microsoft confirms: “The iOS TestFlight preview is only available in the US, UK, and Canada at this time.

“Unlike the Xbox Game Streaming (Preview) app on Android, this iOS TestFlight preview is for Project xCloud only and does not include Xbox Console Streaming (Preview) at this time.

“Due to App Store policy, the iOS TestFlight preview will begin with one game, Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

“As is standard with iOS TestFlight builds, we’re starting with a very limited preview audience. Up to 10,000 testers will be invited into the preview, but we anticipate that demand will exceed our capacity and we will be unable to accommodate all applicants. We’ll distribute invitations to participate on a first-come, first-served basis.

“Because of how iOS TestFlight works, those who are accepted into the iOS TestFlight preview may not necessarily participate for the full duration of the preview. As noted earlier, there are limited spaces available, so for testing purposes we may need to cycle through registrants in order to best utilize the available testing audience.

“This also means that even if you miss out on the initial allocation, you might receive an invitation to participate later in the preview.”

Apart from the hardware requirements, Project xCloud testers will also need a Microsoft account (MSA) associated with your Xbox gamertag. A quick guide on signing up can be found below, courtesy of Microsoft:

  • Open the Project xCloud registration link
  • Update your registration for the Project xCloud (Preview) and indicate you are an iOS user through the “Mobile Device Make” dropdown menu
  • By updating your registration to iOS you are requesting access to Project xCloud TestFlight preview. This does not impact your Android registration. You can still play on your Android devices
  • If there are still available spots for testers, you will receive an email from TestFlight for Xbox Game Streaming (Preview)
  • Open this mail from your iOS device, it contains a link to download TestFlight to your iOS device
  • Follow the TestFlight installation steps
  • From the TestFlight app, install the Xbox Game Streaming (Preview) app
  • Sign-in to the Xbox Game Streaming (Preview) app with your MSA
  • Open the Project xCloud registration link
  • Register for the Project xCloud (Preview) and indicate you are an iOS user through the “Mobile Device Make” dropdown menu
  • By selecting iOS you are requesting access to Project xCloud TestFlight preview.
  • If there are still available spots for testers, you will receive an email from TestFlight for Xbox Game Streaming (Preview)
  • Open this mail from your iOS device, it contains a link to download TestFlight to your iOS device
  • Follow the TestFlight installation steps
  • From the TestFlight app, install the Xbox Game Streaming (Preview) app
  • Sign-in to the Xbox Game Streaming (Preview) app with your MSA

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