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Microsoft makes xCloud officially available on Windows

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announced Microsoft has announced that xCloud, officially known as Xbox Cloud Gaming, and Xbox Remote Play are now available to everyone with an Xbox app on Windows 10 or Windows 11.

These features were rolled out on PC to Xbox Insiders as a beta version last month. And they’ve been available via phones for a while. However, it is now officially available on PC.

This gives you another choice of how you want to play, whether the game is running through your personal gaming platform or company servers.

This marks the first time that the company has enabled remote play on a PC for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S platforms. People have been able to stream Xbox One games to PC since 2015.

xCloud, which seems naturally suitable for computers that don’t have the ability to play games themselves, has been available on Windows for a few months now through web browsers. But the service is now available as a native app. Instead of being limited to a web browser on a computer.

And using it still requires a controller that connects via Bluetooth or USB and a subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

It should also be noted that although Xbox Cloud Gaming is available via Windows, it is no longer exclusive to Xbox Insider subscribers. But Microsoft still classifies the service itself as an experimental one.

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Microsoft makes xCloud officially available on Windows

Xbox Remote Play is also a great addition, letting you stream games from Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, or Xbox One to your Windows device.

The company says the feature is available either over your home network or remotely via the Internet. This is although you probably get better performance if the game is running locally on the same network.

The company added some features to Xbox Remote Play as well. The company says that you can now stream games in 1080p at 60 frames per second. You can also play select games from Xbox and Xbox 360.

There are currently 294 platform games available in the cloud on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, compared to 115 on PC. This includes some EA games via a bundled EA Play membership.

The update represents another step forward in Microsoft’s goal of bringing cloud gaming to as many devices as possible.

Read also: Microsoft brings xCloud to PC via Xbox app

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