Xbox believe this era is all about the player, you are the future of gaming. The good folk at Xbox listen to what you – players, game developers, and content creators – enable the devs behind the tech to know exactly what you want and based on your feedback, they are building a future where you and your friends can play the most immersive and interactive games ever created across devices.
Quite simply, Xbox’s vision for cloud gaming is to provide you with choice in how and when you play games. Last month, Complete Xbox shared that Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members in 22 countries can play more than 100 games on their Android mobile phones and tablets vis the cloud. Xbox touch controls unlock new ways to jump in and play and we are excited to announce that there are 10 additional titles available with Xbox touch controls in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
And as Xbox bring cloud gaming to Android devices, they have continued to look at how they can create more native experience so that you can jump right in and play. Minecraft Dungeons launched first with touch controls, and the reaction from the general gaming pubic was awesome. So to carry that enthusiasm forward Xbox have 10 more games available that play great on Android mobile devices – no controller required.
Touch controls have been one of the top-requested features for cloud gaming, in order to build this collection, Team Xbox worked closely with players and game designers to create a familiar experience, and support a level of play that you’re used to with a physical controller. For each title that uses Xbox touch controls the team have worked to create an experience designed specifically for that game on mobile devices. One important step in the process was creating the Touch Adaption Kit for game developers, which enables studios to easily map controller buttons to touch controls as well as create native touch controls designed for mobile devices.
Here’s the list of games featuring Xbox touch controls available beginning today:
- Dead Cells
- Gucamelee! 2
- Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
- Hotshot Racing
- Killer Instinct
- New Super Lucky’s Tale
- Slay The Spire
- Streets of Rage 4
- Tell Me Why
As the Xbox Team develop there knowledge around touch controls, they also taking the opportunity to learn a few things about how these controls work in different games. With the team at Ninja Theory, they worked on Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice to integrate the controls and how they show up in different scenarios and game modes. As a result, you’ll see the controls change as you move around and fighting controls will appear when you encounter the Northmen.
For other games, Xbox added touch controls without modifying the existing game. In Hotshot Racing they added a touch-controlled throttle that provides the same control that you would get from analogue triggers on a controller. Just tap the handbrake button, spin the wheel, and you’ll find yourself drifting around the track in no time. In New Super Lucky’s Tale, the controls will feel very familiar and will even take on a little bit of Lucky’s personality.
And of course the team designed the Xbox touch controls along the same ergonomic principles that they use for the traditional Xbox controller, but with new controls that enable you do everything with just two digits. People’s hands are different and that’s why we added customization, so you can put the controls in the place on screen that works best for you.
As the developers of the kit look to evolve input, they’ve also created a new set of gaming icons that go beyond ABXY, so that even if you’re brand new to gaming – finding the “jump” or “dodge” button has never been easier.
This update is just the start of the teams work to bring touch controls to more titles available for Android mobile devices. So give it a try and let Team Xbox know what you think, after all we are building cloud gaming together.
*Not all titles are available in all regions. Please see Xbox.com/xbox-game-pass/games for what is available in your region.