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Xbox consoles will start supporting xCloud this holiday giving Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members more titles to play
Microsoft previously dropped hints at adding xCloud support on Xbox consoles. It is now one step closer to becoming a reality after the company’s Gamescom 2021 showcase on Tuesday.
The list of games coming to Xbox Game Pass was not the only major announcement Microsoft had at its Gamescom event. The company also confirmed that Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S are getting an update this holiday that will bring xCloud support to these consoles.
One of the biggest advantages of having xCloud on the last-gen console is that Xbox One owners will have a chance to play newer games designed for the Xbox Series X/S. The “Microsoft Flight Simulator” console version was originally developed to run on the new-gen console. That means it will require the hardware specifications that Xbox One simply does not have. However, thanks to xCloud, Xbox One owners get the chance to play it as well.
The cloud support could be game-changing as many new AAA titles are being developed for the new-gen console only. In a blog post, Microsoft confirmed that “Gen 9-only Xbox games” like the flight sim and “The Medium” will be playable on Xbox One through xCloud. Microsoft has not announced other games yet, but xCloud on Xbox One makes it possible for fans to play titles like Bethesda’s upcoming “Starfield” on the old Xbox One.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members will also reap the benefits of having xCloud on Xbox consoles. That means all titles under the Cloud gaming category in the Game Pass library will be playable on their consoles.
The cloud support will make it much easier for players to sample new games as well. All they have to do is browse through Cloud gaming titles on Xbox Game Pass, select a game, and click the Play button. Having xCloud means players will be able to immediately start a game without the need to download and install it on their consoles.
Last June, Microsoft also brought xCloud to iPhones, iPads, and Windows PCs. And in a recent tweet, Xbox head Phil Spencer seemingly confirmed that xCloud is planned to launch on Steam Deck as well. As for the xCloud’s console launch, Xbox Insiders will be the first to test it sometime this fall but the exact release of the cloud support is still unknown.
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