Xbox Cloud Gaming – everything you need to know – available on Xbox X/S

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We are back with another blog and today we will be talking about Microsoft’s Xbox cloud gaming service and everything you need to know about it. 

So let’s just get right into it. 

Through this blog, we will be answering all the questions you may have regarding the Xbox cloud gaming service. What exactly is it? How can I get it? What games will I have access to through this service? What devices are compatible with this service? And so much more. 

 

What is Xbox Cloud Gaming?

Cloud gaming has taken over and every gaming company has their own service out and running. Microsoft too launched its Project xCloud, which is now popularly known as Xbox Cloud gaming joining the race and giving its Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers more of a reason to extend their subscriptions every month. 

To be able to access the Xbox Cloud Gaming service, you need to have the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, a compatible device (more on this later) and a good internet connection. 

This service connects your device to the cloud server and lets you run the Xbox Game Pass games and much more. 

Objectively speaking, this service promotes and supports hardware-free gaming. With this, you don’t need to compulsorily own an Xbox Series X/S to play Xbox games. You can simply play those on your handheld devices like your smartphones, tablets or even on your PCs and laptops with the help of a simple subscription. 

 

A brief history of Project xCloud and now, Xbox Cloud Gaming

Talk of Microsoft using the cloud to show off a demo of their then Xbox 360 exclusive- Halo 4 made rounds in September of 2013. The game was said to stream straight from a cloud to the devices in the meeting room- on a Windows PC and a Nokia Lumia smartphone. 

The service was included as a part of the E3 trade show in June 2018 during Microsoft’s press event. The same year in October, Microsoft released an official announcement quoting the codename Project xCloud along with video footage of a game being streamed through the cloud.

The service officially launched in September 2019 as Xbox Cloud gaming available with the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. 

 

Why should you have Xbox Cloud gaming?

There are several reasons why you should get the Xbox Cloud gaming that comes with the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. 

First and foremost, you do not need expensive systems and hardware to play exclusive and other Xbox games. Now, this not only saves you a lot of money but also helps you reduce physical space. 

Another great reason why you should have this service is that it saves so much storage on your console that can be used for some other game or application. 

Xbox cloud service is extremely flexible, you can play the same game on several devices and pick up exactly where you left the last time. This is the best option for working and studying gamers who can also carry their game to their workplace and school and finish their game during their free time there. 

There are no hassles of waiting for a game to download or updating them or installing anything of any sort. It’s done in a jiffy by itself especially if you own a strong internet connection. 

 

What devices is it compatible with?

Microsoft has done its homework well and made sure that the service is compatible with a lot of different devices. 

  • Xbox cloud gaming is available on Xbox Series X/S. Click here to shop console now. However, we feel like you should simply download the games on your Xbox Series X/S console as it would not hinder your 4K resolution experience with the games. 
  • The service can be accessed by android and tablet users by downloading the Xbox Game Pass application from their play store or app store. 
  • Apple users can avail of the service through their browser by logging in to xbox.com
  • As for the PC and laptop users, there are two alternatives – the first one being through a web browser and the xbox.com website and the second directly from the desktop application available. 

Xbox has given a detailed guide on compatible devices and such here

 

What games can you play through the Xbox Cloud Gaming service?

A wide range of Xbox Pass Games can be accessed through the Xbox Cloud Gaming service but that doesn’t guarantee all the titles. Worry not, you can use the application in order to play a lot of titles, especially the ones sorted out and placed under the ‘Cloud’ section. 

The list of games available is so varied, thus having the Xbox Game Pass is even more worthwhile. It includes everything from big exclusive titles to indie hits. What’s more, is the access to some of the biggest Xbox Series S/X and Xbox One games. You get to play more than 200 games with the Cloud service. 

Some of the video games available with the Ultimate Game Pass and the cloud service are:

  • Dragon Quest XI S
  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Evil Resident 7: Biohazard
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  • The Elders Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • DOOM Eternal 
  • Batman: Arkham Knight 
  • Hades 
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 
  • Mass Effect: Legendary Collection 

Conclusion:

Overall, we feel that treating yourself to the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is a superb decision as it not only comes with an amazing collection of games but also with a cloud service that is worth all the extra penny you spend to get the Ultimate subscription. 

Gone are days when gaming was only confined to the four walls of your bedroom and you had to wait the entire day to finish that exciting level. With so many supported devices, gaming and enjoying some of the most celebrated Xbox Game Pass titles have become easy and thrilling. 

However, you need to keep in mind a few things while subscribing to the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. First, if you have a compatible device that can support the Xbox Game Pass. Second, make sure that you have a fast internet connection to experience a seamless cloud gaming experience and lastly if the Xbox Cloud Gaming feature is available in your region. And there you go, you are ready to have a gaming adventure wherever you are. 

Hope you like the article. Follow us for more informative content. Until then, Happy Gaming! 

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