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Forums - Microsoft Discussion - Xcloud in japan for Phones, If Xbox doesn't beat 360 will xcloud do it?

Japan does love their phone games, and they do have the internet speed necessary for cloud gaming. I do think there is potential for xCloud to be fairly successful in Japan.



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Ka-pi96 said:

Literally never heard of "xcloud" before so I don't know if it's available or not.

It is even included with gamepass ultimate.  You can stream gamepass games to an android device and play with a controller at no extra cost.  Right now it is in beta and limited to that, but it is great as an extra option.

It kind of make Gamepass Ultimate the "netflix of gaming" service people expected Stadia to be.  Soon it will be available for PC, iOS, and smart TVs as well while development for the service continues.



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Shiken said:

Soon it will be available for PC, iOS, and smart TVs as well while development for the service continues.

I'm using xCloud on my PC through the BlueStacks emulator and it works very well. On my tablet I unfortunately have bad connection problems (everything else works fine on it) and my 6.5" phone is just too small to enjoy these games on as text/ui becomes super tiny etc.



Lafiel said:
Shiken said:

Soon it will be available for PC, iOS, and smart TVs as well while development for the service continues.

I'm using xCloud on my PC through the BlueStacks emulator and it works very well. On my tablet I unfortunately have bad connection problems (everything else works fine on it) and my 6.5" phone is just too small to enjoy these games on as text/ui becomes super tiny etc.

Only tried it on my phone, and I had connection problems aa well.  I am curious to see how it does on other platforms aside from mobile and how it develops as time goes on.

But it is in beta and it is an extra for Ultimate so I am not spending money on it specifically, which leaves me more forgiving while they improve the service.



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smbu2000 said:

Xcloud (cloud gaming) is not currently available in Japan.

https://www.xbox.com/en-us/regions?source=lp

Click on Gamepass and it shows Cloud gaming with an X in the JP area.

Also another thing going against it is that it is not currently available on iphone/ios. Even more so than the USA, the iphone is the dominant platform here in Japan.

https://www.pcmag.com/news/ios-more-popular-in-japan-and-us-android-dominates-in-china-and-india

Once it is actually available in Japan and you can get it on ios, then it should have more penetration. Possibly going through the web like Amazon with their Luna service which goes through the browser and not the app store.

I’ve been wanting to try it out myself as I have my Xbox account region set to the U.S. (not Japan), but since I use ios I’ve only been able to use the xbox app to stream from my Series X to my iphone. That worked fine connected to my Xbox one controller. 

I ought to add that the iOS problem won't last forever as the litany of lawsuits that will force Apple to pry open iOS has built up and even then, mobile gaming in Japan is even migrating rapidly away as Apple's content policies are not in touch with the more permissive view of games in Japan (there are eroge with Android versions, for crying out loud). 

iOS share of JP mobile gaming lead, which is not as big as the gap, is vestigial at this point. 



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