Xbox streaming service beta coming to PC in 2021

Xbox streaming service beta coming to PC in 2021

Software and games giant Microsoft is rolling out its cloud streaming platform to PC next year.

In a post on Xbox Wire, CVP of Microsoft Gaming Jerret West wrote that it will be testing out a beta for the service to both PC and iOS devices in spring 2021. The Big M is adding this functionality to the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate tier, with players being able to access the service via the Xbox App or browser on Windows 10.

In July, Microsoft said that the streaming service – previously known as xCloud – would be available via the Ultimate tier of Game Pass. The head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, said in October that the platform would be coming to PC at some point.

"In Spring 2021, we will take the next step in our journey to reach more players around the world by making cloud gaming as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate available on Windows PCs through the Xbox app and browser, and iOS devices through mobile web browser," West wrote.

"By adding over a billion devices as a path to playing in the Xbox ecosystem, we envision a seamless experience for all types of players; whether it’s playing Minecraft Dungeons with your Xbox friends using touch controls on an iPhone, or jumping into a Destiny 2: Beyond Light strike on a Surface Pro when you have a break between meetings."

Microsoft announced Project xCloud in October 2018 before rolling out a beta for the service 12 months later featuring a handful of first-party releases. The firm made more games available in November 2019, before continuing to add releases over 2020. 

The platform was eventually released in September 2020, with the Big M seemingly dropping the xCloud branding.

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