Microsoft will be rolling out its Xbox Cloud Gaming (aka xCloud) service for the Xbox One and Xbox Series S/X consoles for the holiday season. The xCloud integration allows Xbox owners to simply press the play button on an Xbox Game Pass and start streaming immediately, which allows players to try games before starting the (often many hours) download and installation process.
Over 100 Xbox Game Pass games will be available as part of this initial xCloud integration, and Xbox players will be able to try the games while they wait for them to be fully downloaded. The xCloud integration will also allow Xbox players to join multiplayer games as soon as friends send the invite, avoiding the need to wait for the installation to complete.
Microsoft will also update the Xbox experience on Xbox One and Xbox Series S/X consoles, adding a cloud icon to show which games can be streamed instantly. Streaming will be supported at resolutions up to 1080p and 60fps, so the service isn’t a full replacement for those with 4K TVs. Therefore, Microsoft heavily advertises this service as “try before you download”.
Since this service is also coming to Xbox One, this means that Xbox Series S/X exclusive games like Microsoft Flight Simulator and The Medium will soon be available on older Xbox One consoles. Microsoft has not yet announced a release date for Microsoft Flight Simulator on xCloud, saying it “will happen in the future.”
The xCloud integration will be available to Xbox Insiders this fall ahead of a wider release, and Microsoft plans to announce testing details shortly.