Microsoft is attempting to make Xbox available to 2 billion players, and a central part of that goal is through streaming and Game Pass. The company has now rolled out its Xbox Cloud Gaming service for the Xbox App on Windows 10 PCs in 22 countries. You need to opt in to the Xbox Insider program, which is free and open to everyone, if you want to try out Cloud Gaming on PC.
You’ll also need to subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which gives access to the streaming service and the catalog of free games across PC and console. This service was already available on Windows through a browser, but this is through the Xbox App.
Xbox Cloud Gaming on PC lets you stream games directly to your PC without any additional controller, expect a controller. A number of the titles in the Xbox Game Pass library are supported, and you if you began on console, you can move to streaming and your progress will sync.
The benefits on streaming is that it doesn’t require a local download, which lets you get started quickly. Plus, you don’t need a super high-end PC to run the games, since it’s not running on your own hardware. However, there are a couple of drawbacks. It does require a decent internet speed that’s reliable. Your ISP might also have data caps which would restrict you from playing for an extended period of time.
Xbox Cloud Gaming is still in its beta stage, so testers should be aware that issues and oddities could spring up before it’s finalized later on. In other Xbox news, Microsoft will be streaming during Gamescom this year, showing several games throughout their presentation.