- xCloud and Xbox Remote Play are officially available on Windows.
- These features on PC rolled out to Xbox Insiders as a beta last month.
- Using it still requires a Bluetooth or USB controller, and an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription.
The update will allow users to either play Xbox games from the cloud or play Xbox games directly from the console. The update is a boon for PC players who do not have access to hardware, that supports certain heavy-duty Xbox or PC titles. The Xbox remote play is a great addition to stream games from the Xbox Series S/X, Xbox One to Windows.
Cloud Gaming currently requires a controller connected via Bluetooth or USB, but hopefully, at some point in the future, it will also support a mouse and keyboard. There are plenty of games on Game Pass like Grounded or Sea of Thieves well-suited to PC controls.
In addition, Microsoft has made changes to remote play. Users will now have the option to stream games at 1080 with up to 60 frames per second. Along with this, users will have the option to play select Xbox 360 and original Xbox games.
To play Xbox Cloud games you’ll need the following:
- An active Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership in a supported region.
- A supported device including Windows 10 PCs, Apple or Android phones and tablets
- A compatible controller is connected via Bluetooth or USB. Select games can be played with Xbox touch controls.
- A Wi-Fi / LTE data connection with a minimum of 10Mbps down-speed. Please note, some devices may require 20Mbps for the best quality. We recommend using a 5Ghz Wi-Fi connection.
- If playing on Xbox.com, a supported browser such as Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, or Safari.
Xbox Remote Play isn’t completely new for Windows users, but this launch does have some new goodies. You can now play Xbox Series X|S games this way, plus Microsoft has added support for some Xbox 360 and original Xbox games as well. And if that’s not enough good news, Microsoft has also made some improvements to the reliability of Remote Play, allowing you to play at up to 1080p and 60fps while streaming your games.
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