Microsoft has begun testing the integration of Xbox Cloud Gaming, also called xCloud, with Xbox consoles.
Some Xbox Insiders members in the ‘Alpha Skip-Ahead’ and ‘Alpha’ rings will gain access to xCloud starting September 28. xCloud allows paid subscribers to stream games over the Internet to their Xbox console (also works on mobile devices and computers).
More than just streaming games, the xCloud integration could allow Xbox owners to ‘try before you buy’ without the need to download a full game or demo. Additionally, cloud-based games could bring other benefits, such as allowing players to jump straight into a game with a friend just by invitation.
More than 100 Xbox Game Pass titles will be available as part of the initial xCloud trial. Xbox Insiders will be able to find out which games are supported by xCloud by looking for a cloud icon in the game art (it should appear in the lower right corner in front of the ‘Game Pass’ logo).
Like other platforms, Xbox consoles will support streams up to 1080p at 60fps, and the company appears to be pushing this more as a game testing feature than as a replacement for console games.
Microsoft says The xCloud integration will appear on all Xbox consoles by the end of the year. In other words, Xbox One owners will eventually be able to stream Xbox Series X and S exclusives, which could go a long way toward making it a proper game demo feature and helping users upgrade their console to gain access to. new stylish games.