'Minecraft Dungeons' on XCloud has been Optimized for Touchscreens

Microsoft's long-awaited xCloud gaming streaming service is set to launch on the 1st of September with more than 150 games. One of the games available is Minecraft Dungeons, and Microsoft has just announced that developers Mojang Studios and Double Eleven will make it easier to play the game on the go by optimizing it for touchscreen controls. This means you can play the game on your Android phone or tablet without the need to hook up an external controller.

Most Xbox games that are available on xCloud were created with the Xbox controller in mind, so Microsoft thinks that the majority of users will play them by clipping a controller to a smartphone. But in this case, Microsoft wanted the game to feel native to mobile, so it'll have not just touch controls but also a revamped interface that is better suited for smaller screens. This will make it easier for users to navigate inventories and menus, as well as any other text that might be associated with them.

In terms of optimizing gameplay for touchscreens, Microsoft notes that moves players make the most (move melee, move attack and dodge) are in the most "intuitive" locations on the screen. The idea is that the experience will feel as if the game was designed with mobile in mind, rather than touch controls being an afterthought. Of course, we'll need to play the game to determine how successful they were, but it's a good sign to see Microsoft looking at ways to make games perform the best they can when being played away from your television and console.