Thu. Jan 20th, 2022

If you’re only using the touch buttons to play games on Xbox’s cloud gaming service, you’re not alone. Microsoft reports that 20% of their Xbox cloud gaming users rely solely on their smartphone-friendly touch controls to play games.

The figure is a bit surprising, as many of the games on Xbox’s cloud gaming service are designed to be played with a console controller. Over the past year, however, Microsoft has been working with developers to add touch-based controls to their games.

Touch buttons for Hades games

This means you can stream Xbox games to your smartphone and play them without using a Bluetooth controller. Instead, you can rely on touch controls on smartphone screens, eliminating the need to carry around all accessories.

Currently, the touch buttons are available for over 120 titles. And according to Microsoft, some of the games show that over 30% of players use only the touch controls. They include Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age, Football Manager 2022 Xbox Edition, Hades, Minecraft Dungeons, New Super Lucky’s Tale, Scarlet Nexus and Yakuza: Like a Dragon.

As a result, the company is urging more game developers to add touch controls to their games. “On average, we’ve seen a 2x increase in the use of titles available through Xbox Cloud Gaming, across genres that implement touch controls,” the company wrote in a blog post.

Microsoft’s cloud gaming service is a free perk for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which costs $ 14.99 a month. To stream the games on a smartphone, you need a stable internet connection that can reach at least 10 Mbps in downloads.


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