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Microsoft starts testing Xbox cloud game streaming in browsers

Microsoft starts testing Xbox cloud game streaming in browsers
The Siliconreview
16 Febuary, 2021

Tech giant Microsoft has started testing xCloud game streaming in browsers and web. The firm has stated that the experience will seem familiar if you've tried it on Android devices. A straightforward launcher both helps you fire up recent games and find new ones to play through your Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription.

Testers need a controller to play Xbox games, and the test is currently limited to Chromium-based browsers like Chrome or Microsoft Edge. It is not yet known what resolution Microsoft is using for gameplay, although it's unlikely to be 4K when the company is upgrading its cloud infrastructure to Xbox Series X hardware later in 2021.

This is closed testing for now, although Microsoft has announced that it will make iOS and PC streaming available on the web in the spring. The recent improvements suggest that the tech giant is on track. Suffice it to say this will be an important expansion. The whole point of Microsoft's cloud gaming is to make Xbox titles available wherever you want to play, and a browser option could make the service far more accessible and help justify the monthly fee.