This holiday season, Microsoft will extend its Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud) service to Xbox One and Xbox Series S / X consoles. The xCloud integration will let Xbox users play an Xbox Game Pass game from the xCloud before even download them, allowing players to preview games before committing to the often hours-long process of downloading large titles.
As part of this initial xCloud connection, more than 100 Xbox Game Pass titles will be available, and Xbox players will be able to try games while they wait for them to fully download. This xCloud connection also allows Xbox players to join multiplayer games as soon as their friends submit an invite, rather than waiting for the installation to finish.
On Xbox One and Xbox Series S / X consoles, Microsoft will add a cloud symbol to the Xbox interface to indicate which games can be streamed instantly. The broadcasts will support up to 1080p and 60fps, just like the rest of Xbox Cloud Gaming, so they won’t be a replacement for people with 4K TVs just yet. Microsoft is positioning this as a “try before you buy” service.
Because this is coming to Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X exclusive games like Microsoft Flight Simulator and The Medium will soon be available on earlier Xbox One systems. Microsoft has yet to commit to a release date for Microsoft Flight Simulator on xCloud, just claiming that it would be “coming in the future.”
This new xCloud connectivity will be available for Xbox Insiders this fall, ahead of the general release, and Microsoft will publish testing details soon.