Microsoft has formally declared that it will start distributing invites to test the Beta Xbox Cloud Gaming limited through various web browsers. This beta version will be tested from April 20 on various devices like Windows 10 PCs, iPhones and Tablets. However, the access is restricted to select Ultimate members of the Xbox Game Pass who shall be receiving an exclusive invite.
The beta phase shall enable gamers to play games on their Xbox through a cloud, without a mandate of maneuvering it from a console. This element will allow the users to have access to over 100 Xbox Game Pass credits on web browsers such as Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, or Apple. This is an added advantage as the users will have access to play video games from any location and device.
These exclusive members will also have an option of playing games by connecting their devices via USB or Bluetooth to control their moves. Even the official Xbox joystick can be easily used via USB or Bluetooth connection. Furthermore, over 50 games are designed so well that they include touch-sensitive controls available at the fingertips of users through their phone screens.
In an interview at the press release, the Head of Microsoft, Ms. Catherine Gluckstein mentioned that the company wants people to play Xbox in a completely new fashion. This can be achieved by speeding up the process of understanding and then opening the cloud to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members in the forthcoming months. After the restricted beta version, Xbox has considered sending out additional invitations to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate representatives located in 22 Xbox-supported regions.
In September 2020, Microsoft had launched its Xbox Cloud gaming service that was priced at a subscription fee of $1 for first-time users in the initial month. This decision was taken to attract occasional gamers with a commitment of gaining an edge over its arch-rival, Sony Group Corp. Later in November, the release of Xbox Series X and S proved to be its largest international launch ever. Despite launching during the pandemic, it was reported that the sales of Xbox broke all previous records of the new versions to date.
Many Xbox enthusiasts are eagerly waiting for this new beta version. It would be interesting to know the implications of this major move in few months.