Gaming these days can be a chore, especially if it requires to download massive files before getting into the game. However, on the PC, this issues has been solved by the folks on Steam (deploying preloads) and Blizzard (phased downloads). This allows players to experience early parts of the game as the full game downloads in the background.
Come Holiday 2022, Microsoft is looking to deploy this same concept with its Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud) service. Players will be able to stream a game from the Xbox Game Pass store immediately while the rest of the game continues its download in the background.
The catch? It’s only available for Xbox One and Series S / X consoles at the moment.
Plus, the games supported are mostly Xbox / Microsoft titles such as Minecraft Dungeons, Sea of Thieves, and Forza.
To locate games that are supported by xCloud, users should look out of the cloud symbol on the game cover art, circled below:
The only catch? While streamed the games can only achieve a maximum resolution of 1080p at 60fps which is actually VERY decent.
Please keep up the good work Microsoft!
Gerald currently straddles between his love of video games and board gaming. There’s nothing that interests him more than trying out the newest and fanciest gadget in town as well. He dreams of publishing a board game sometime in the future!