Microsoft is Sending Invites to its Xbox Cloud Gaming Service Beta Tomorrow

It will be open to "select" Game Pass Ultimate subscribers.

Microsoft has announced it’s going to be sending out invites to “select” Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers to join in on a limited beta for the company’s Xbox Cloud Gaming service tomorrow, April 20.

Through a post on the Xbox Wire, Project xCloud Vice President & Head of Product Catherine Gluckstein explained those who receive an invite will be able to play over 100 Xbox Game Pass games through the cloud streaming service on Windows 10 PCs and Apple mobile devices via web browsers. Specifically Edge, Google Chrome, or Safari. So sorry to anyone who uses Firefox. The blog post says testers in 22 countries Xbox Game Pass is available in will be eligible, but stops short of explaining under what parameters testers will have to fall to be chosen. If you choose to take part, you’ll need a controller that connects to your PC or mobile device through USB or Bluetooth.

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The inclusion of Apple devices is interesting, as Microsoft has had trouble getting its services on the platform due to Apple’s requirement that apps go through review upon each update. And given that hundreds of games are available on things like Game Pass that can each receive updates while on the platform, that’s not particularly feasible. A report out of the company said it was looking for a browser-based solution that would allow Game Pass subscribers to stream games through a browser, and it sounds like this is a step in that direction.

Game Pass has proven to be one of the industry’s best deals over the years, with major games such as Outriders and even PlayStation Studios’ MLB The Show 21 arriving on the service on launch day.