Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox Series X controller will be compatible at launch with iOS and Android devices. This doesn't come as too much of a surprise given the company's "play anywhere" (besides PlayStation and Switch) approach to its popular Game Pass service.
If you're unfamiliar, Game Pass is a subscription service that grants you access to a list of 100-ish Xbox games, including exclusives. Even major exclusives like Crackdown 3 and Sea of Thieves landed on Game Pass on day 1 of their release. The much-hyped Halo Infinite will follow suit when it launches later this year.
There's also another version of the service called Game Pass Ultimate that includes Xbox Gold, which itself allows you to play online and receive new games every month.
It was recently announced that Microsoft's game streaming service, xCloud, will be bundled in with a subscription of Game Pass Ultimate. xCloud will make it possible to play Xbox games on your mobile device, so allowing you to use an actual Xbox controller makes perfect sense. You'll of course be able to use the controller to play other mobile releases with controller support.
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Game Pass itself was rebranded over the weekend, going from "Xbox Game Pass" to simply "Game Pass". This is likely due to the fact that Game Pass is now available on PC.
Microsoft also announced that all official Xbox One controllers, including the adaptive and elite controllers, will work with Series X devices. This followed the news that PS4 controllers will not be compatible with PS5 games. You can still use them to play PS4 games on a PS5, however.Searching for the best games of tomorrow? Here are 50+ of our favourites in soft launch