Xbox app gets an upgrade
Microsoft has announced That its xCloud service, officially known as Xbox Cloud Gaming and Xbox Remote Play, is now available to everyone on Windows 10 (or 11) with the Xbox app. These features on PC rolled out to Xbox Insider as a beta last month, and have been available on phones for some time, but it’s good to see them become officially available on PC as well. This is giving you another choice of how you want to play, whether the game is running on your personal 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 games themselves, has been available on Windows via a web browser for a few months now, but it’s a good move that the service is now in. A native app instead of being limited to a web browser on PC. Using it 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 is still labeling the service as beta, so your mileage may vary.
Remote Play is also a nice addition, allowing you to stream games from the 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’re likely to get better performance if the game is running locally on the same network. Microsoft has also added a few features to Remote Play: The company says you can now stream games in 1080p 60fps, and you’ll be able to play “select” games from the original Xbox and 360. We’ve asked Microsoft for a list of games that will be supported and will provide an update if we hear back.