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Microsoft Xbox Cloud Gaming gets better on iPhone and iPad

Microsoft rolled out its Xbox Cloud Gaming service for iOS devices back in June last year. However, both iPhone and iPad owners had complained that the experience was not up to the mark and lagged behind in performance compared to the service on other eligible platforms. Addressing this, Microsoft has announced that it has implemented a series of enhancements that will improve the performance on all iPhone and iPad devices. Also Read – Microsoft slashes prices of Game Pass, Xbox Live Gold: Prices now start at Rs 349

The service is currently accessible on the iPhone and the iPad via the Safari web browser. Microsoft to date has been unable to launch a standalone Xbox Cloud Gaming app on the App Store, due to restrictions implemented by Apple. Also Read – iPhone users complain about battery drain issue after updating to iOS 15.4

The improvements made to the platform include optimized video output on iOS devices and optimized network data transmission to speed up the responsiveness of Xbox Cloud Gaming. “With these updates, you should have a smoother and more responsive gameplay experience,” said Nicole Hilbert, product manager at Xbox. Also Read – Apple iPhone 14 Pro renders hint at punch hole design, gold colour variant

The company also claims that it has also reduced the overall input latency, which will reduce the delay between the user tapping buttons or moving the thumbstick and the input appearing on-screen.

Most of these issues plaguing the service on iOS and iPadOS are caused due to Microsoft being forced to offer the service via the Safari web browser instead of a dedicated app, due to Apple’s policies on game streaming apps. While web browser APIs have improved over the years, they still do not match the experience a dedicated native app can provide.

The Xbox Cloud Gaming service is powered by custom Xbox Series X hardware. The service currently supports gaming at 1080p resolution with 60fps.

In other news, Microsoft is currently working on a dedicated Xbox app for TVs, which will allow Xbox players to stream games directly on the TV without the need for an Xbox console. The company is also planning to release standalone streaming devices for the service.

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