Xbox Game Streaming, cloud gaming also from Windows

Xbox Game Streaming, cloud gaming also from Windows

Xbox Game Streaming

Microsoft has started testing the version of the Xbox Game Streaming app that will allow access to the cloud gaming service even from Windows 10. According to information received by The Verge, users will also be able to view games running on the Xbox Series S and X on a PC via a local network. The news should be announced during a dedicated event (scheduled for March 23).

Cloud gaming also on Windows 10

Currently it is possible to access the xCloud service (known as Gioco via cloud) only with an Android device. Microsoft has therefore given priority to the most popular mobile operating system. The next step is to bring cloud gaming to Windows 10. This will be done via the Xbox Game Streaming app. A preliminary version has already been developed, as can be seen in Tom Warren's tweet (The Verge):

scoop: here's a look at Microsoft's unreleased xCloud app for Windows. This app lets you stream Xbox games from an Xbox Series X / S console, or from xCloud. Full details here:

- Tom Warren (@tomwarren) February 27, 2021

L 'Redmond company has obviously implemented support for the touch, so it is possible to play with the Surface or other notebook with touch screen, without using a controller. Support for the gyroscope has also been added. The interface allows you to choose streaming from the cloud or from Xbox Series S / X consoles.

This latter feature is similar to that available with the Xbox Console Companion app for Windows 10, which is only compatible with Xbox One. Another important change is support for 1080p resolution. Today it is limited to 720p, as the xCloud servers are based on Xbox One S hardware.

During the event on March 23, the web version (via browser) compatible with iOS and iPadOS. As is well known, Apple has banned the native app from being published.

Source: The Verge

Microsoft’s Xbox Game Streaming app for Windows includes touch controls, gyro, and more

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Microsoft is finalizing its Xbox Game Streaming app for Windows PCs, which includes access to streaming games from the company’s xCloud service. We’ve managed to get access to the latest version of the Xbox Game Streaming app for Windows, an unannounced and unreleased app. Once released, the app will let Windows users stream games from their Xbox Series S / X consoles, and from xCloud.

Currently, you can’t stream games from the new Xbox consoles to Windows PCs, as this is unsupported in the existing Xbox Console Companion app. This new app will solve that, and also bring xCloud streaming to Windows PCs for the first time. We first got a look at this xCloud app for Windows last year, and it has improved a lot since then.

The Xbox remote play feature, for connecting to Xbox consoles, works similarly to how the existing Console Companion does. You can remotely wake an Xbox console, sign in, and play games wherever you are.

There is now full touch support, allowing Surface or other touchscreen devices to play Xbox games without a controller. Microsoft also appears to be readying some form of gyro support here, too. There’s an option to enable this, but it doesn’t appear to be fully functional yet. This is an internal beta application, so it’s still unfinished.

Microsoft also appears to be readying 1080p streams for xCloud, instead of the 720p that exists today. This would obviously improve the experience on Windows PCs, ahead of higher resolutions once Microsoft has upgraded its xCloud servers to include Xbox Series X hardware.

It’s still not clear exactly when this app will be made available more broadly. Microsoft is rumored to be planning a “what’s new for gaming” event for next month, so it’s possible we’ll hear a lot more about the company’s xCloud plans (for the web and iOS, too) very soon.