Any joy with Xbox Cloud on any of your apple devices?

iOS and iPadOS Gaming


So this is a weird one, using apple devices and assistive software with cloud gaming by Microsoft and a xbox controller... I was wondering if anyone has managed to get this working at all? Gears 5 appears to have TTS on the game end of things but my xbox controller doesn't do anything despite trying it connected to either my Mac or iPhone. Is there something I should be doing with voiceover? Is it conflicting? I guess I can't use the keyboard as a controller if VoiceOver is on on the Mac but fail to understand how to actually control the thing at all... Is there a conflict going on here?

I think most, when reading this, will be confused. Let me explain best I can. Xbox have made many of their games playable over the internet, through the cloud. This means that, as long as your internet connection is stable enough, you can use a web browser on either your Mac or IOS device to play said games, either with an on screen game pad in the case of IOS or keyboard with the Mac or, what I'm trying, the xbox controller.

There are several games, Gears 5 and Sea of Thieves, as well as an upcoming game that is completely accessible to the blind, that I want to have a go at. Xbox cloud is still in beta so there are bugs and most likely the ones for people such as ourselves, will not be addressed quickly, but I was wondering about other peoples experiences?



A polite reminder that seeking recommendations for accessible Xbox games for playing on the Xbox console is off-topic for AppleVis, so should be asked privately or somewhere more suitable.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Monday, August 2, 2021

This is the problem, with integrated services and us trying to access them with apple products there is a large fragmentation of the community support flow.

For example, smart home devices, we can talk about the home kit integration and app accessibility but then we have to find somewhere else to talk about the actual accessibility of the product itself, EG physical buttons etc. This would not be the case on a mainstream forum such as Mac rumours that would consider the experience as a whole.

I don't mean to pick fault but, as apple's strategy of inclusivity for other products and the use of apple's platform increases by other companies, the policy of apple vis and content on site must also evolve.

this, of course, is a boarder line case, but does highlight something that is becoming more apparent across the board. If we are playing Xbox games on IOS devices, do we not want to know about accessibility of that content? Do we not already do this when considering platforms such as Netflix and audio description?

A consideration for the future maybe.

Love the forum by the way! X

Submitted by AppleVis on Monday, August 2, 2021

Member of the AppleVis Editorial Team

In reply to by Oliver Kennett

Oliver, just to clarify. your original post itself is totally on topic for AppleVis. As you say, it's a discussion related to accessing and using the Xbox Cloud service on your Apple hardware. It's very likely that others on here have wondered the same about this service and would be keen to hear an answer.

Our request to keep things on topic was in response to Ramy's reply, as seeking recommendations for games to play on a friend's Xbox is off topic. It could also take this thread away from your original purpose.

We hope that clears up any confusion 😍

You are totally right, the issue is that i love games so much, and when i saw this thread, i would like to know more and more.
SOrry again.

Submitted by Blind angel 444 on Monday, August 2, 2021

Accessibility and gaming are hot topics for the blind users.

I did not know this before, thanks so much, this is a huge discovery for me, thanks again

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