Xbox Cloud Gaming on iPhone and iPad gains major performance improvements

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What you need to know

  • Xbox Cloud Gaming lets Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers stream the best Xbox games to any number of devices.
  • On Monday, Microsoft announced that new updates to the service bring major performance improvements to iOS.
  • That means players can expect more responsive gameplay when using Xbox Cloud Gaming on an iPhone or iPad.

Xbox Cloud Gaming is the mobile-oriented branch of the Xbox Game Pass suite of services, and allows players to access and play many of the greatest Xbox console games on practically any device, including their smartphones and tablets. Xbox Cloud Gaming is even available on iOS through the Safari browser, and it's now better than ever.

On Monday, Microsoft revealed that new updates to Xbox Cloud Gaming bring major performance improvements (opens in new tab) to the experience on iPhones and iPads, improving the responsiveness and ensuring the gameplay is as flawless as possible. According to the company, Xbox Cloud Gaming has already enjoyed increased positive feedback and longer play sessions with the changes, indicating the performance improvements on iOS are both noticeable and welcomed.

Xbox Cloud Gaming lets you play many of the best Xbox Game Pass games on iOS, Android, and Windows devices, and even lets you play games before downloading on Xbox consoles. Hopefully, these new updates will improve the experience on iPhones and iPads, which lack a dedicated app through which to play and must access Xbox Cloud Gaming through the Safari browser.

If you want to try Xbox Cloud Gaming's new performance on iOS for yourself, pair your Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription with one of the best Xbox Cloud Gaming controllers and head over to (opens in new tab). You can submit feedback to Microsoft to further improve the service at any point by locating the ellipsis menu in the upper left-hand corner.

Zachary Boddy
Staff Writer

Zachary Boddy (They / Them) is a Staff Writer primarily focused on covering the latest news, the best Xbox and PC games, and the most interesting hardware. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life, and have been with Windows Central and its sister sites since 2019. While originally brought on to write about all things Minecraft, Zachary has since expanded to write about practically everything that Windows Central covers. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.