Xbox One and Series X|S consoles now have cloud gaming capabilities.

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The feature is currently in beta and will be available in 25 regions, with more to come in the future.

Xbox’s cloud gaming service (beta) for Xbox One and Series X|S consoles has officially launched. To take use of the new function, users must be a Game Pass Ultimate subscriber and live in one of the 25 regions where it will be available, with more to come soon.

Continuing the 20th anniversary celebration of Xbox, Microsoft is making cloud gaming available on Xbox One and Series X|S consoles for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. The service was first introduced to Android devices in September 2020, back when it was still named Project xCloud, but only now is it making its way to Microsoft consoles.

Thanks to cloud gaming, you’ll be able to play Xbox Game Pass games before installing them, saving precious storage space, and even join a friend that invited you to play a Game Pass game without installing it. To find which games currently support cloud gaming, visit the Microsoft Store through your console or browser and search for the games with a cloud icon or the “Cloud Enabled” tag.

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If you own an Xbox One and are an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriber, you can even play a few Series X|S titles available on Game Pass, including Recompile, The Medium, and The Riftbreaker. This list is increasing with Microsoft Flight Simulator in early 2022.

Xbox cloud gaming will begin rolling out in 25 regions, with Brazil coming next. You can see all regions where the service is available on the Xbox Game Pass list in the “Cloud gaming (Ultimate only)” column. Starting this month, select Xbox users can try cloud gaming on their consoles, expanding to other markets in the coming weeks.

The addition of cloud gaming to the Xbox One and Series X|S consoles adds value to the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, but it’s too early to judge whether it will become a major selling factor. When Axios released Game Pass membership numbers earlier this month, it showed a respectable 37 percent growth in sales for FY2021, but it wasn’t enough to fulfil the 48 percent target.

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Microsoft also collaborated with Adidas to develop the Xbox 20th Forum Tech sneakers, as well as themed accessories and products for Xbox aficionados, in honour of the console’s 20th anniversary.

 

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