I wanted to give a try to xCloud using touch controls since they just added a ton of games (never played on mobile or a tablet with this kind of controls so that was my first time, in fact the only mobile game I ever played is probably Fallout Shelter) and I was pleasantly surprised by the results.
Played (on a Redmi Note 7) some games (Sea of Thieves, Hellblade, Tell Me Why, Jetpac Refuelled, Hotshot Racing) and I think the controls worked way better than I expected once you’re used to these, including combats. Especially SoT as I wasn’t expecting this game to be playable without a controller, K+M or Razer Kishi in the first place.
Also tried some Killer Instinct and had a lot of fun, I definitely loved it, probably my favorite experience with SoT. I think fighting the AI in this game is perfect for playing on the go, big replay value. I’m not a skilled player though so I was just having fun and not trying to make particular attacks, but it seems executing complex combos works pretty well too.
I’m not sold on Gears 5 though. I think the game is both too fast paced and complex in its gameplay for touch controls, I need to spend more time with the controls to have a definitive opinion about this one (I just played 2 games and didn’t try play solo).
EDIT: activated gyro controls and did the tutorial and it’s much better now ! I’m actually impressed and surprised by Gears 5 once you learn how to play it. With some practice I feel it’s going to play really great.
(recorded this in Multiplayer mode)
About Yooka-Layle and The Impossible Lair, some levels work fine but had some big troubles on some sections that I felt were too punishing for touch controls. Need to spend more time.
However, New Super Lucky’s Tale was fun to control and seems well optimized and friendly enough for touch controls.
One game I didn’t play yet but really want to play with touch controls is Viva Piñata. Seems like it’s very well suited for this.
Obviously all of this is still in Beta, these games will always have a better feeling and play better with a controller (or the Razer Kishi) but overall I’m very satisfied with the experience and I hope to see the touch controls library expanded (seems like that’s the goal if the recent batch is any indication). These are interesting experiments.
Some games seem to be perfect for this model and having an instant and large library of classic games playable on my phone without a controller or external peripherals is a promising and exciting future in my opinion.
I really would like Forza Horizon 4 to get touch controls in the future. After playing Hotshot Racing, I think it may work very well (especially with the Rewind Time function that is quite friendly).
I saw it was showcased (“simulated”) at the GDC 2019 so I have hope to see it happen ultimately.
For those who tried it, what’s your opinion on it ?