Xbox Cloud Gaming for PC now available via both the Xbox app and browsers for insiders.
Those who are part of the Xbox Insider programme don’t have to resort to accessing cloud gaming via a browser necessarily.
Previously, we wrote that the cloud gaming service, formerly known as xCloud, has launched on both iOS (and all the devices that use this OS) and PC. However, you have to somewhat clunkily resort to using a Chromium-based browser to get into gaming. The Redmond-based company also knows that it’s not the best method.
“Today, we’re excited to announce we’re bringing Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) to the Xbox App on Windows 10 PCs for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members in 22 countries who are part of the Insider program. All you need to do is connect a compatible controller via Bluetooth or USB, launch the Xbox app, click the “cloud games” button, select your game and start playing.
We’ve also added some new features to help you get started, including easy-to-access information on the controller and network status, social features to stay connected with friends, and the ability to invite people – even those also playing on the cloud without the game installed – to join you in a game,” Microsoft wrote.
On the ResetEra forums, a verified Xbox employee posted that the Xbox app cloud experience will be more compatible with Game Bar and will likely offer reduced latency (or lag if you know this term). It would be a helpful move, as the Chromium-based browsers (virtually everything outside Mozilla Firefox and its respective development forks…) have a lot to improve on the lag front.
So Microsoft is not joking when it comes to cloud gaming. And since they are working together with Sony on the future technology (the initial announcement of it happened when Google was ramping up the Stadia, which has no internal developments going for it…), the PlayStation Now will benefit the joint work’s results.