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Microsoft updates Xbox Cloud Gaming to reduce input lag on iOS

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As of June last year, Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming service has been on iOS devices, but for many iPhone and iPad owners, the experience didn’t match what the company offered on other platforms. On Monday, however, Microsoft announced it had made a series of improvements that would improve performance on all iPhone and iPad devices. At the time, it did not detail the work it had done, noting that they would only lead to a “smoother and more responsive gameplay experience”.

But after an email from cafe-madrid, Microsoft shared more details about the update. The company says it has optimized video output and network data transfer on iOS devices. It has also found a way to reduce the overall input lag. Since input lag is something you can easily get out of a game, the work Microsoft did there should be easily noticeable.

One of the tricky things about Xbox Cloud Gaming on iOS is that Microsoft has been forced to offer it through Safari, as opposed to a dedicated app, due to Apple’s policy on . Browser APIs have come a long way in recent years, but a web experience is still no substitute for a native app.

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