Microsoft’s Xbox will reportedly receive a cloud gaming update across its Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles sometime towards the latter part of this year. Cloud gaming will be introduced to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers with this update, letting players access over 100 game titles directly from the cloud, streaming on their consoles.
The performance goal for Xbox cloud gaming is 60FPS and 1080p resolution. Furthermore, players will not have to pre-install the game before commencing to play. Players would be able to invite friends to join games via the cloud as multiplayer games will be supported.
The launch of cloud gaming to Xbox will also enable forward compatibility. Gen-9 exclusives that were only available on the Xbox Series X|S will also be offered on an Xbox One via the cloud. This comprises games like ‘The Medium’ and ‘Microsoft Flight Simulator.
The home screen game icons will have a new addition, in the form of a small cloud icon showing which games are available to be played online, like the ‘optimized for Series X|S’ marking.
Microsoft stated that the cloud gaming experience is being tried as part of the Xbox Insider Program in the autumn, therefore a precise release date has not been affirmed.
For the record, Xbox is an application for Windows 10, Windows 8, Android, Windows 11, and iOS. It acts as a companion application for Xbox video gaming consoles, offering access to the remote control, Xbox Live community features, along with second-screen functionality with selected applications, content, and games.
The app serves as a PC game launcher on Windows 10, including games acquired from Steam and Microsoft Store. It also offers access to the screen recording functions of the stream.
During E3 2019, the existing Xbox app version for Windows 10 was rechristened as Xbox Console Companion.