In beta restricted for PC and Apple players since April, the Xbox Cloud Gaming expands its offer on these media today by opening its service to all subscribers of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
Let’s start by recalling what Xbox Cloud Gaming is, or xCloud. It allows Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers to play the Xbox Game Pass titles (more than 350) via their browser without any dedicated support: all you need is a good connection to the Internet. This service starts in September 2020 for Android users and then hits PC and Apple players in a limited beta, that is, by invitation, last April. A restriction that was lifted last night by an Xbox ad on its official website:
As of today, Xbox Cloud Gaming is available to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers with Windows 10 PCs and Apple devices via their browser, for 22 countries (including Belgium, France and Switzerland). If you’re already a subscriber or want to be, just go to xbox.com/play via Microsoft Edge, Chrome, or Safari on your PC or mobile device to start playing hundreds of games from the Xbox Game Pass catalog.
If this initiative will delight some players, it is the improvement brought by Microsoft to its service that brings a touch of additional seduction since it is the Xbox Series X that is now streamed:
Xbox Cloud Gaming is now powered by the components of the Xbox Series X. We’ve updated Microsoft data centers around the globe with faster, more powerful Xbox equipment that can reduce loading times, and bring greater fluidity. To ensure low latency and the best possible experience, the xCloud lets you play up to 1080p in 60 fps.
Finally, Xbox reminds that some games are optimized to play directly on mobile thanks to touch controls, but it is quite possible to use a suitable wireless controller. All that being said, this initiative echoes Microsoft’s desire to reach more and more people, especially after announcing that it wants to deploy the xCloud on Xbox One.