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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