Microsoft is testing xCloud streaming via browsers

Microsoft is testing xCloud streaming via browsers

Games and software giant Microsoft has apparently started testing its xCloud streaming tech via browser.

That's according to The Verge, which reports that this is being trialled right now ahead of a public test. This allows users to play their games via a browser. Not only does this mean that PC users will finally be able to try Microsoft's games streaming service; it also makes it possible for people with iPhones and iPads to access xCloud.

Apparently the browser version will be similar in functionality to the existing Android edition, with users being given recommendations for what to try out, as well as having the ability to resume games they were playing. There's no word on what resolution xCloud will stream games to consumers at yet.

The browser version of the game is also going to be bundled into the Xbox app on Windows 10, too.

The ability to stream games via a browser is reminiscent of Google's Stadia platform.

The head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, said last year that people would be able to stream Game Pass titles to PC in the future. This came ahead of an announcement that the Big M would be rolling out a beta for its xCloud service to PC in 2021.

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