The status of Project xCloud on iOS and Apple devices is quite limited. Initially limited to testing only Halo: The Master Chief Collection and only 10,000 testers in total, most Apple users were unable to experience most of Microsoft’s signature cloud gaming service. Fans wondered what Project xCloud status would be on their mobile devices, and Microsoft has finally answered that question: Samsung partnership is their primary focus. Meanwhile, iOS tests for Project xCloud will end today.
In a statement issued to The Verge, a Microsoft spokesman responded about the recent sunset of the Project xCloud tests on iOS devices. With their statement announcing the end of the iOS TestFlight, Microsoft makes it clear that the program will end in its current form on Apple devices, but may return sometime after the test period. Initially, the iOS test flight was scheduled for September 11, but it ended today, the same day as the Samsung Unpacked event and partnership announcements.
“Our TestXlight period of Project xCloud has ended on iOS and we are focused on delivering cloud gaming as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to Android customers starting September 15[.] Our ambition is to scale cloud gaming via Xbox Game Pass available on all devices, but we have nothing more to share about iOS at the moment. ”
Cooperation between Samsung and Microsoft’s Xbox service has increased in recent months. From a bundle for Samsung TVs with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to yesterday’s big announcement of cloud gaming, the partnership between the two tech giants has been at full strength.
Microsoft will launch the xCloud service from September 15 as an official part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. A number of existing Bluetooth controllers are supported in the Android client, including both the DualShock 4 and recent revisions of the Xbox One controller, allowing players to choose from a number of devices when deciding to pick up Yakuza Kiwami 2 on the Go. If buying a new Galaxy Note 20 is in the near future, the $ 150 (or $ 200) Samsung credit could be used for a Game Pass Ultimate bundle that includes three months of Game Pass Ultimate, as well as a MOGA XP5-X + controller that will be released before the September 15 release.
During today’s Samsung Unpacked event, Microsoft has shared that Samsung would receive a special version of the Xbox Game Pass app exclusively from the Samsung Galaxy Store, which would also include access to expansion packs, downloadable content and more.