leaves the limited beta it's been in since the end of April and formally rolls out an open beta for , and Windows 10 (or ) PCs, Microsoft announced Monday.
At the same time, the Designed for Xbox program, with specific features designed to make you feel more like you're playing on an or standalone device.-- my favorite of the iPhone controllers that mimic the physical experience of the , such as the -- joins the
Xbox Cloud Gaming, nee Project xCloud, lets you play a subset ofgames on a device other than a console by streaming them from the cloud, a la and . It, like others, follows 's lead of using a web app to circumvent , which effectively shut out cloud gaming apps. For Windows PCs, it lets you play games your system might not otherwise have the power or space to run locally via Game Pass for PC.
The Backbone One will come with three free months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (saving $1 over Microsoft's own current promo of three months for $1).
The Backbone One gamepad uses a layout similar to, though slightly different from, that of Microsoft's own Xbox controllers. But Backbone's software is one of the keys to its success, and which makes the controller an easy update for current owners to get the new features. It's compatible with all iPhones running .
For instance, it already has a dedicated gameplay capture button, it can tag gameplay and share as a link, incorporates a dynamic feed, and because it's designed for use with all mobile games, can serve as a central hub for those titles.