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Microsoft allows Xbox owners to test cloud gaming on their consoles

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Highlights:

  • Microsoft initiates testing xCloud integration on Xbox consoles.
  • A random group of Alpha Skip-Ahead and Alpha Insiders can try cloud gaming on their consoles.
  • You can try gaming by looking for the cloud icon on titles in the Game Pass library.

The idea of being able to play console and PC-quality games on any mobile device has mostly been just a dream — until now. Thanks to emerging cloud gaming tech like Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming, you can already get a glimpse of the hardware-free future.

This new xCloud integration will allow Xbox owners to try games before they fully download them and potentially demo or try before they buy in the future. More than 100 Xbox Game Pass titles will be available as part of this initial xCloud integration, and Xbox players can even jump into multiplayer games as soon as friends send an invite.

How does Xbox Cloud Gaming work?

Xbox Cloud Gaming works by connecting your device to a remote server in the cloud. This server runs the game and processes your inputs in real-time, so it seems like you’re playing it natively on your device. Xbox Cloud Gaming is only available for Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. This service costs $15 a month and includes Xbox Live Gold, Xbox Game Pass, Game Pass for PC, Xbox Cloud Gaming, and EA Play

Obviously, there are physical limitations to input latency. Microsoft recommends a minimum internet speed of 7-10Mbps, although faster connections will yield better results. Other factors, such as your distance from the nearest server, may also affect performance.

To see a full list of games you can stream, go to My Games and Apps, then Full Library and Xbox Game Pass, and change the filter to Cloud Gaming. At the outset, you’ll be able to play more than 100 games without having to download them — as long as you have a sturdy enough Internet connection. Meanwhile, if you have installed a game on an external drive that isn’t connected to your Xbox, you won’t be able to play it over the cloud.

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