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Microsoft brings Xbox Cloud Gaming to PC and iOS, no invite required

Microsoft‘s Xbox Cloud Gaming, also known as xCloud, has slowly been expanding its reach, starting out as an Android app and recently making its way to PCs and Apple devices via the browser. So far, PC and iOS access has been limited to a few users with invites, but that’s changing today. All Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members can now stream games using practically any modern device.

Microsoft says xCloud officially works in Edge, Chrome, and Safari browsers on both desktop and mobile devices, and is currently available in 22 countries. Moreover, Microsoft says the service is now powered by custom Xbox Series X units, which will provide “faster load times, improved frame rates, and an experience of a new generation of gaming.”

While the company doesn’t explicitly say Xbox Series X exclusives are coming to xCloud, the new hardware certainly makes that a strong possibility. In the meantime, games will be streaming at 1080p up to 60 fps, and Microsoft notes that it’ll continue to add features to improve the service down the road. The company also highlighted the first ‘Designed for Xbox’ iPhone controller.

If you want to try out the service yourself, you can sign up at xbox.com/play. It costs $14.99 a month and you’ll just need an approved controller if you don’t have a touchscreen.

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‘Myst’ Oculus remake hits PC and Mac this year, no VR headset required

Ready to buy yet another copy of Myst? After making its way to Facebook’s Oculus Quest platform in late 2020, last year’s “reimagining” of the classic adventure game is heading to PC and Mac. In a tweet spotted by The Verge, Myst series creator Cyan Worlds said it would release the game on those platforms in Q3 of 2021. What’s more, you won’t need a VR headset to play the remake once it arrives on Windows and macOS, with the release including full support for flatscreen monitors.

When Cyan Worlds announced the remake of Myst, it said the game would eventually come to other platforms. However, there’s no word yet on availability beyond Oculus Quest, PC and Mac. The rerelease features updated audio and visual assets, as well as an optional puzzle randomization feature that helps mix things up. The $30 Oculus Quest version of the remake was generally well-received, with most reviewers noting Cyan did an admirable job of making the classic more immersive.  

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