According to the Arab Technical News Portal, although Microsoft maintains this beta version somewhat, it requires players to be invited to participate in the testing phase.
The service can be accessed via the Xbox website, where Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers who have been invited to the beta version will be able to play Xbox games through Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome or Apple Safari.
Over 100 games are available, and testers will be able to use a Bluetooth or USB-connected joystick or use dedicated touch controls.
Katherine Glouxstein, xCloud Service Manager, said: The limited beta is a time to test and learn, and we’re constantly sending more invitations to players in all 22 supported countries, making comments, continuing to improve the experience, and adding support for more devices.
She added: Our plan is to act quickly and open up to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members in the coming months so that more people have the opportunity to play Xbox games in completely new ways.
It is noteworthy that it is the first time that the Xbox cloud gaming service is available via iOS devices, after the service was launched exclusively on Android phones and tablets last year.
Microsoft was unable to offer xCloud on iPads and iPhones during the initial launch of the service again in September due to Apple’s restrictions on cloud gaming applications.
Apple and Microsoft both fought a public war of words for xCloud, and Apple initially insisted that Microsoft should provide the games individually for review.
Ultimately, Apple offered a compromise to allow cloud gaming apps to run across iOS devices with individually reviewed games, but Microsoft described it as a bad experience for consumers.