What you need to know
- Xbox Cloud Gaming now has 22 games with touch controls.
- Touch controls make it easier to play games on devices with smaller screens.
- The library of games includes Gears 5 and Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice.
Microsoft's Xbox Cloud Gaming (Project xCloud) allows you to stream games to devices such as phones and tablets. It's a unique and convenient way to bring games on the go, but many games are difficult to play on phone screens. Since just about all Xbox games are built with a controller in mind, using a phone screen and touch controls can be difficult.
This is where touch-optimized controls come in. There are now 22 Xbox Cloud Gaming titles that can stream to phones that support touch controls.
These touch controls work much better than trying to interact with tiny elements intended for a television screen or gaming monitor. When a game has touch controls, you don't need to carry around a dedicated controller. While the best controllers for Xbox game streaming are excellent accessories, they aren't as convenient as just carrying around a phone.
Twitter user Pete recently shared a list of games with touch controls.
Microsoft now has 22 games that can be played with touch controls on Gamepass. That number seems to be rapidly growing. Will they entirely eliminate the requirement of a separate controller in the near future? pic.twitter.com/FAMJJJiJGJMicrosoft now has 22 games that can be played with touch controls on Gamepass. That number seems to be rapidly growing. Will they entirely eliminate the requirement of a separate controller in the near future? pic.twitter.com/FAMJJJiJGJ— Pete 🎮 (@VidGamesPete) January 4, 2021January 4, 2021
Here's the current list of games with touch controls:
- Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
- Dead Cells
- DRAGON QUEST XI S: Echos of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition
- Gear 5 (in testing)
- Golf With Your Friends
- Guacamelee! 2
- Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice
- Hotshot Racing
- Killer Instinct: Definitive Edition
- Minecraft Dungeons
- New Super Lucky's Tale
- Slay The Spire
- Streets of Rage 4
- Tell Me Why
- The Touryst
- Vambrace: Cold Soul
The library of games with touch controls appears to be growing. Only a few months ago, the list only had twelve titles on it.
Your key to game streaming
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is a phenomenal deal, available in 22 and supporting cloud streaming with over 150 titles. Only a handful support touch controls right now, but more are to come. With Xbox Live Gold, EA Play, and access to the entire Xbox Game Pass catalog, it's easily one of the best-valued packages in gaming.
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I still don't understand how people enjoy playing with these.
Me either, I tried it and no matter what I did, I could not play the game correctly whatsoever. There's just no way to control a game correctly with touch controls. You need to be using more than two things at once for most modern games.
Damn, I didn't even think about button mashing or having to hold the trigger while doing another action.
Tell Me Why was "okay" with touch controls. Hellblade was not enjoyable because my thumbs were blocking half of the screen. However, I was playing on a Galaxy Note 10+.
Yeah, that's about all I can see the use for. Remote navigation on a console or playing a narrative game. Anything else I think it is too much, even if you are using a 10 inch tablet.
I wouldn't say it's enjoyable, but if I'm stuck somewhere without a controller and I want to do a few things in a game, this is a great way to hop in and kill a few spare minutes. It also provides a low barrier to entry and may bring someone back later with a controller if they were intrigued after a few minutes of on-screen controls.
I say enjoyable only because some people actually do use touchscreens all the time on mobile games and it doesn't bother them. Like playing Call of Duty the mobile version. I fully understand the 1 or 2 time use, but I can't on anything other than a casual or narrative game.
I used to use touch screen for CoD Mobile, and I usually did fairly well. top three every game. I started using an Xbox controller and I absolutely trounced everyone (like 35-40 of the 50 kills would be me) to the point that it just wasn't fun and I stopped playing.
I will give them that. It would help keep my Game Pass Quests alive while the wife steals my Xbox.
Minecraft Dungeons touch screen implementation is incredible. I only have that and Hellblade available to me in Oz to try out though (touch controls wise) so not sure if any others are good too.
I struggle to figure out how anytime can play Dead Cells with touch controls. That game is very unforgiving! 🤣
90% of that is not even "game".
Or whats the target group? 4-9 year olds?
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