Microsoft has announced that the Xbox Series X|S consoles and Xbox One will get cloud gaming streaming capabilities this Christmas.
During Microsoft’s Gamescom 2021 live stream, the company revealed that Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members will get access to over 100 cloud-powered games.
Of course, Cloud gaming has benefits beyond simply being able to stream games. In fact, the technology will allow players to play purchased games before they are finished installing. The service will also facilitate access to “current-gen” exclusive games, like The Medium and Microsoft Flight Simulator on Xbox One.
So, what can we expect from Xbox Cloud Gaming on consoles in terms of performance? Well, the service will support up to 1080 at 60fps, which Microsoft claims will “ensure the highest quality experience across the broadest set of devices”. In other words, Microsoft’s Cloud console experience should be on par with what’s available on PCs, phones and tablets.
It’s needless to say that Cloud Gaming is becoming more and more relevant as technology progresses. Yet, Microsoft’s specific spin on the service could ultimately negate the need for proprietary hardware. While users will still need to ensure that they have a decent internet connection, the cloud experience has drastically improved since the days of Onlive. Therefore, perhaps gaming is finally ready to enter its next phase. Whether or not the shift will be gradual? Well, we’ll have to wait and see!
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