Microsoft is finally rolling out Xbox cloud gaming (Project xCloud) to the Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. Users will require an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription to be able to use this feature. Currently, the plan is to release the feature to a subset of players and everyone over the coming weeks.
The advantages of having access to cloud gaming are huge. You won’t have to download massive games as you can play them instantly with cloud gaming. You can play next-gen games such as Recompile, The Medium, and The Riftbreaker on your old-gen hardware.
The only thing you need to play these games is a good internet connection. You can even play some Xbox exclusive games such as Forza Horizon 5, Halo Infinite, and even Microsoft Flight Simulator, which will be added to the cloud game library in early 2022.
Previously the feature was only available on iOS and PC as an invite-only beta in April. It was then released to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members in June except consoles. Console players were finally able to get the feature in September, but it was only available to Xbox Insiders.
It is no coincidence that this news comes in simultaneously as the launch of Xbox’s flagship game Halo: Infinite. The company has also added 76 new backward compatible games to its library and even released Halo: Infinite’s free-to-play multiplayer early to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
To play, access Xbox cloud gaming, boot up your console and look for the cloud icon. Microsoft is also giving away eight months of Xbox Game Pass for free. The service is getting better every day and is even adding Crunchyroll premium to its offerings.
Countries where Xbox Cloud Gaming is supported
The feature is set to be released in 25 regions, with Brazil coming soon.
- Brazil (coming soon)
- United Kingdom
- United States