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20% of Xbox Cloud Gaming Players Exclusively Use Touch Controls

20% of Xbox Cloud Gaming Players Exclusively Use Touch Controls - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 02 December 2021 / 1,158 Views

Microsoft has been adding touch controls to over 100 Xbox games that can be played on Android and iOS phones using Xbox Cloud Gaming. 

The senior program manager at Xbox Monty Hernandez has revealed 20 percent of Xbox Cloud Gaming users exclusively use touch controls.

"[Twenty] percent of our Xbox Cloud Gaming users use touch as their exclusive method of playing games," Hernandez told The Verge. "As such, it’s important to us that the touch-enabled games we launch are relevant and, most importantly, play well with touch controls."

Hernandez added, "We’ve seen, on average, a 2x increase in usage for titles available via Xbox Cloud Gaming, across genres, that implement touch controls."

There are even some games that where 30 percent of players only use touch controls - Hades, New Super Lucky's Tale, Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Scarlet Nexus, Dragon Quest XI, Minecraft Dungeons, and Football Manager 2022 Xbox Edition.

Xbox Cloud Gaming is available for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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VAMatt (on 02 December 2021)

On a tangentially related topic: it's starting to look like this XCloud thing is really working, both for gamers, and Microsoft.

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Leynos (on 02 December 2021)


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SKMBlake Leynos (on 02 December 2021)


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scrapking (on 02 December 2021)

Does he mean 20% of ALL xCloud gamers? Or 20% of xCloud gamers using mobile devices?

I ask because I'm a daily xCloud gamer, but I'm streaming to my Xbox console exclusively. Others may stream to their PC.

I could see it being 20% of mobile-only games, but if people who stream to PC and console are also included then it's actually more than 20% of gamers on mobile devices using only touch controls.

Also of note, if 20% are ONLY using touch controls, that means the number of people using touch controls is far higher since there will be some people who occasionally use touch controls and other times pairing a controller.

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VAMatt scrapking (on 02 December 2021)

From the quote it sure sounds like 20% of total XCloud gamers, regardless of hardware.

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scrapking VAMatt (on 03 December 2021)

Gramatically/literally, that's what was said, I agree. However, it's not impossible the person was presuming people would apply his comments only to xCloud streamers on devices with touchscreens.

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axumblade (on 02 December 2021)

Peasants. Get a Razer Kishi like the rest of us.

Totally kidding, I wish I could do touch controls but I have clunky fingers xD

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JWeinCom (on 02 December 2021)

Now we know who can be eliminated...

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gtotheunit91 (on 02 December 2021)

That's actually more than I was expecting. I wonder if mobile only gamers are starting to get on Game Pass Ultimate. I tried it and I could NOT use touch controls lol I've always hated how it felt and would just connect a Bluetooth controller.

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KLAMarine gtotheunit91 (on 02 December 2021)

I need to feel buttons and having the thumbs cover part of the screen!? Gross!

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2zosteven (on 03 December 2021)

people playing games at work.

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Ashadelo 2zosteven (on 03 December 2021)

my friend does that

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Pemalite (on 03 December 2021)

These people are villains.

I can't stand touch controls due to lack of feedback...

But in saying that I have seen some pretty impressive touch-screen-only gamers.

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smroadkill15 (on 02 December 2021)

I use my razer kishi for the majority of my xcloud mobile usage, but some games like Hades, Minecraft Dungeons, and some others play great with touch controls.

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AkimboCurly (on 02 December 2021)

Touch was helpful and very adequate for trying out Tell Me Why. I'd much prefer to just bring my bluetooth SX controller with me if I planned to stream Xcloud.

As an aside, Xcloud is getting shockingly playable. Had a long Forza session in bed and its performance was fantastic and it only sips battery life.

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KLAMarine (on 02 December 2021)

Now I know some players are playing with thumb blind spots.

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