But with the most recent update to xCloud in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Microsoft is able to sidestep the need for a dedicated app by streaming games using Safari, opening up its game-streaming service to Apple fans at large, on both iPhones and iPads.


For Microsoft, the goal is simple: to make game streaming as accessible as possible, regardless of what device or platform you’re using. So starting today, Microsoft says Xbox Cloud Gaming will be available to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers on Windows PCs, iPhones, and iPads in 22 different countries.

Backbone One for Xbox.
As part of Microsoft expanding Designed for Xbox platform, mobile phone controllers like the Backbone One for Xbox are now certified to work in iOS.
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Also, with the addition of new servers powered by custom Xbox Series X hardware, Microsoft says xCloud game streaming is also getting a boost in performance with video quality set to 1080p at 60fps (assuming your wireless connection is fast enough). Unfortunately, there’s no word on support for streaming natively at 4K just yet, though some streaming boxes like the Nvidia Shield TV can upscale 1080p content to 4K to help deliver improved image quality.

Finally, to help make sure anyone streaming games on an iPhone or iPad has the proper accessories, Microsoft announced another expansion to its Designed for Xbox initiative with new badges for iOS gaming peripherals like mobile phone controllers such as the Backbone One and the Razer Kishi for iOS.


Despite the fact that Apple won’t open up the App Store to game streaming apps, you’ll still be able to stream some of the best titles on your phone or tablet—regardless of what device or OS you’re using.

[Correction: 6:50 PM ET] The article originally stated xCloud game streaming was available on Macs via Safari, however, Macs are unfortunately still not officially supported despite also having a version of Safari for macOS.


In an statement sent to Gizmodo by an Microsoft spokesperson, Microsoft says “We’re beginning support of Windows 10 PCs and Apple phones and tablets through Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome and Safari browsers. We’ll continue to listen to feedback and work to support more devices over time.”