Both Xbox Cloud Gaming and local streaming are available on PC

Both Xbox Cloud Gaming and local streaming are available on PC

Tech Highlights:

  • The features have been available to early testers for a little while through the Xbox Insider programme, but are clearly now ready for more widespread use, letting the general public in.

  • Xbox’s roll-out of its cloud streaming services is continuing apace – it’s just announced that Xbox Cloud Gaming and Xbox Remote Play are both now available to everyone through the Windows 10 Xbox app.

It’s a great change, widening the range of devices that you can play Xbox’s games on using the cloud, and opening up graphically-intensive games for those of us whose PCs might not pack that big a punch.

Xbox Cloud Gaming, which seems like a natural fit for PCs that don’t have the power to run the games themselves, has been available on Windows for a few months through web browsers, but it’s a nice step forward that the service is now in a native app, rather than being confined to a web browser on PC.

Of course, you’ll still need a stable internet connection with decent bandwidth, but that’s probably less of a hurdle than securing a mammoth graphics card or building your own extreme gaming PC from scratch.

Using it still requires a Bluetooth or USB controller, and an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. It’s also worth noting that while Xbox Cloud Gaming’s availability on Windows is no longer exclusive to Insiders, Microsoft is still labeling the service itself as a beta, so your mileage may vary.

Microsoft has added some features to Remote Play too: the company says that you can now stream games in 1080p 60fps, and that you’ll be able to play “select” games from the original Xbox and 360. We’ve asked Microsoft for a list of the games that will be supported and will provide an update if we hear back.


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