According to many gamers, the Xbox Game Pass and its xCloud streaming are the pinnacle of gaming streaming today, but it can be difficult to see it that way when Microsoft’s offerings lag behind in resolution, power quality and device support. Now Microsoft is testing the ability to stream Xbox games through the browser and play acquisition of Stadia, GeForce Now and Luna.
According to The Verge, Microsoft is currently testing a version of its xCloud game that is streamed internally with employees, and provides access to the same Xbox games, which work through a browser instead of a separate application. Every version of xCloud we’ve seen to date, on Android and the as yet unreleased version of Windows, has been through a native app.
With the expansion of browser support, Microsoft is opening the door to bring xCloud to many more fairly quickly. The web app requires no storage space, which means that those with a limited Windows PC / laptop can easily use it. Technically, there should be no major restrictions on bringing the same web app to Chrome OS, but it is unclear whether Microsoft will be willing to support its direct competition in this way. More importantly, this extension also opens the door to iOS support. Google Stadia, Nvidia GeForce Now and Amazon Luna currently work on iPhones and iPads via a web app.
Screenshots of the Xbox game stream reader app shared by The Verge shows a design without frills. Games are posted in a library with “recently added”
Apparently, there is a chance that this online version of xCloud streaming will be collected in the Xbox app on Windows computers, instead of pre-installed. another app completely. It is unclear if there will be a separate Windows app for streaming xCloud.
Google Stadia was launched on the first day of online support, with it as a key selling point for the platform. Amazon Luna has also been working through a browser since its launch, and Nvidia recently opened wide support for the browser’s web app for GeForce Now users last month. Meanwhile, the Xbox Game Pass, especially the streaming xCloud section, has been limited to Android devices for several months with official plans to expand to Windows, browsers and iOS this year.
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