Microsoft rolls out Xbox Cloud Gaming beta for PC

Microsoft rolls out Xbox Cloud Gaming beta for PC

Software and tech giant Microsoft is beginning a test phase for its Xbox Cloud Gaming service on new platforms.

In a post on its website, the firm revealed that today (April 20th) it is sending out invites to people subscribing to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to test the streaming service on PC and iOS devices. Users will be able to play more than 100 games from Xbox Game Pass via Microsoft's own Edge browser, Google Chrome or Apple's Safari. Previously the service was only available on Android mobile devices. 

"Offering cloud gaming through the browser and having a simplified, universal landing page presents a great opportunity to make cloud gaming approachable to more players in more places over time," VP and head of product for Xbox's streaming service, Catherine Gluckstein, wrote.

Last December, Microsoft said that it would be testing Xbox Cloud Gaming for PC in 2021, while at the start of 2021 reports started to emerge that the company was testing xCloud streaming via browsers.

The firm is also looking to increase the graphical fidelity of its streaming service; previously it was only available at 720p resolution – but was only available on mobile devices – but is now targeting HD footage.

Microsoft's games streaming service rolled out in September 2020, with users subscribing to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate receiving this as part of that offering.

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