Microsoft has announced that its xCloud service, officially known as Xbox Cloud Gaming, and Xbox Remote Play are now available to everyone with the Xbox app on Windows 10 (or 11). These PC features rolled out to Xbox Insiders in beta last month and have been available on phones for some time, but their official availability on PC is also nice to see. This gives you another option for how you want to play, whether the game is run on your home console or on Microsoft’s servers.
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 via web browsers, but it’s a good step forward. that the service is now available. a native application, rather than being confined to a PC web browser. Its use still requires a Bluetooth or USB controller and an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. It’s also worth noting that while the availability of Xbox Cloud Gaming on Windows is no longer exclusive to Insiders, Microsoft still considers the service itself a beta, so your mileage may vary.
Remote play is also a nice addition, allowing you to stream games from an Xbox Series S or X, or Xbox One, to your Windows machine. Microsoft says the feature is available either on your home network or remotely over the internet, although you will likely get better performance if the game is running locally on the same network. Microsoft has also added some features to Remote Play: The company says you can now stream games at 1080p 60fps and will be able to play “selected” games from the original Xbox and 360. We have asked Microsoft for a list of games that will be supported and will provide an update if we have any news.