Back in October, we reported that Microsoft was looking to bring xCloud to both PC and iOS users. With the emergence of browser-based streaming on iOS and more cloud gaming services offering multi-platform experiences, it was only a matter of time until Microsoft would offer their Cloud Gaming service to more platforms as well.
A blog post over at Xbox's official website details the record engagement that Xbox has seen over 2020, thanks to Cloud Gaming and the expansion of the Xbox Game Pass subscription. In this post, they also confirm the release of xCloud for PC and iOS in the spring of 2021.
"In Spring 2021, we will take the next step in our journey to reach more players around the world by making cloud gaming as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate available on Windows PCs through the Xbox app and browser, and iOS devices through mobile web browser."
The Cloud Gaming service will be available for those that have an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. The release of PC and iOS for xCloud will bring the total number of supported devices by Microsoft's Cloud Gaming ecosystem to three. It will also increase the total number of devices in the whole Xbox ecosystem to five (Xbox Series X|S, PC, Xbox One, Android, and iOS).
Along with the beta release for PC and iOS, xCloud will also be rolling out to a few new markets. Recently, Microsoft started a limited preview for Project xCloud in Australia, Brazil, Japan, and Mexico. In 2021, the service should be available to all.
It looks like 2021 is going to be an excellent year for Cloud Gaming :).