What you need to know
- Xbox Cloud Gaming, a part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, features a way to add touch controls to supported games.
- Microsoft has been steadily adding support for touch controls to more and more games, and has just hit a new milestone.
- There are now well over touch-enabled 100 games available through Xbox Cloud Gaming, letting you leave the controller behind.
Microsoft just revealed the games heading to Xbox Game Pass in the second half of Oct. 2021, which also includes a fresh batch of titles that are receiving touch control support through Xbox Cloud Gaming. With the addition of 13 new touch-enabled titles, Xbox Cloud Gaming has smashed through a pretty sizeable milestone, which aims to make it even easier to play the best Xbox Game Pass games when you're on the go.
There are now over 100 touch-enabled games available through Xbox Cloud Gaming, spread across a diverse range of genres and categories. There's something for everyone here, with favorites like Minecraft Dungeons and Hades being joined by hits like Gears Tactics, The Ascent, Yakuza games, Boyfriend Dungeon, and much more.
It's always great to see more games add touch controls in Xbox Cloud Gaming, since it lets you leave the Xbox Cloud Gaming controllers behind and play with just your phone or tablet. Xbox has been adding touch controls to additional games at a pretty steady rate, so it's likely we'll see even more titles get the optimizations over the coming months. In the meantime, players now have over 100 touch-enabled games they can play right now through Xbox Cloud Gaming. If you want the full list, we keep track of all Xbox Cloud Gaming titles, including those enhanced with touch controls.
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Zachary Boddy is the Minecraft Expert and a News Writer for Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore. They have been gaming and writing for most of their life, and have been freelancing for Windows Central and its sister sites since 2019, with a focus on Xbox and PC gaming. You can find Zachary on Twitter @BoddyZachary.
Windows Central seems to have an article every couple of weeks touting the number of touch-control games. What's the point if it doesn't add value from the last time you posted it? How about an article that delves into these games and highlights those that are actually bearable and fun with touch controls? I've suggested this before but still we get the same useless announcements of more games that don't play well with touch controls. I've stopped trying touch enabled games because I couldn't find any that made a compelling case for adding touch controls.
This is the first time in months we've written specifically about the number of touch-enabled games in Xbox Cloud Gaming, because it's a new milestone. If you're talking about us reporting on new games adding touch controls through Xbox Cloud Gaming (which we do with Xbox Game Pass announcements)...then of course we're going to cover that. It's news. We do occasionally highlight specific games. We did with Hades not that long ago. Minecraft Dungeons, as well. We also highlight experiences, like with Surface Duo, or write opinion pieces. It's there, it's just not our sole focus.
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