This week, Microsoft began testing the Touch controller in a beta version of the Xbox app for Android and iOS, which lets you remotely connect to the console and play on your smartphone or tablet. Previously, this required the connection of a Bluetooth gamepad, it is said The edge.
The touch controls are identical to those of Xbox Cloud Gaming. Controls are displayed on the screen and the user can navigate the console interface and stream games without connecting additional devices. Playing with an external controller is, of course, much more convenient, but the possibility of doing without it can hardly be overestimated.
A few years ago, Microsoft discovered that 20% of Xbox cloud gaming users were using only touch controls. Since then, the company has added touch-based elements to hundreds of Xbox games, with Hades, Minecraft Dungeons and Yakuza: Like a Dragon being particularly popular. Xbox Touch controls are also available on the dual-screen Surface Duo phone, which is similar to the Nintendo 3DS with games for the “big” consoles. But the audience of Surface Duo owners is very small, and now that opportunity will open up to users of millions of Android and iOS devices. By the way, Apple has opened iOS to cloud gaming around the world and Xbox Cloud Gaming will soon appear on iPhone.