The cloud's power is finally being realized on Xbox. Microsoft has announced that Xbox Cloud Gaming, which allows users to stream Xbox Game Pass games via the cloud, is now available on the Xbox Insider Alpha and Skip-Ahead rings. Microsoft announced during Gamescom 2021 that cloud gaming would be coming to Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One this holiday season (which is between September and December). Subscribers to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will be able to play over 100 games from the cloud, which will be a great way for console gamers to jump into some titles without having to wait for a lengthy download.
Assume your friend has Sea of Thieves installed but you do not. You could play the game without having to install it using Xbox Cloud Gaming. Xbox Cloud Gaming on consoles also means that Xbox One owners will be able to play Xbox games that were previously exclusive to the Gen 9 generation, such as The Medium and Microsoft Flight Simulator. Since these games cannot be played on Xbox One, streaming through the cloud has turned your old Xbox One into a next-generation character. It supports up to 1080p at 60 frames per second, just as Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) is now available on PCs, phones, and tablets.
Become an Xbox Insider
You can become an Xbox Insider if you want to test upcoming Xbox features ahead of time. It’s simple to sign up, but keep in mind that the experiences you’re testing are in early access, so expect bugs, frequent updates, and an onus on you to provide feedback to help troubleshoot issues. The FAQs can be read here.
To become an Xbox Insider, install the Xbox Insider Hub app from the Microsoft Store on your Xbox. Once installed, launch the app, navigate to previews, and select the desired preview ring.
Each Insider ring has eligibility requirements, so don’t expect to get access to the Alpha and Skip-Ahead rings right away, as these are for dedicated testers and include the most unstable build of the Xbox software.
Xbox Cloud Gaming, which is still in beta, is already available to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members and is compatible with PCs, Android, and iOS devices. Many games include dedicated touch controls, but you can also play with an Xbox Wireless Controller or one of the many mobile controllers available, such as the Razer Kishi.
Xbox Cloud Gaming on consoles is currently in testing, but a full rollout is expected this holiday season.