You’ll soon be able to play cloud games on Xbox consoles.


Microsoft just hosted the Games 2021 event, and it announced all sorts of things. One announcement that has been made is the option to stream games from the cloud on the Xbox Series X, Series S, or Xbox One game consoles.

Xbox game streaming on consoles.

Microsoft says you’ll need an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription to take advantage of this new streaming feature. As long as you have, you’ll be able to play over 100 games from the cloud without having to wait for them to download.

Why would you want to play a cloud game on a console that is fully capable of playing games without it? On the one hand, storage space is at a premium to today’s consoles, and running them will not consume valuable space on your drive.

Additionally, you don’t have to wait for the games to be installed, so you can try the game in seconds instead of waiting for the game to download.

Finally, Xbox One owners can only play some games on Series S or X because they will stream them and not process them locally.

One example Microsoft cites (other than impatience) is when a friend asks you to play a multiplayer game on GamePass, but you haven’t already downloaded it. Now, you can play with them instead of waiting to download and install them.

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Availability of console game streaming.

Microsoft has announced that game streaming will be a relief this holiday season, so you can’t take advantage of it right now.

If you don’t want to wait, Microsoft will start testing the feature in the fall via the Xbox Insider program, so you can try it out a little earlier.

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