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LtSarge

So I got another month of GPU today and I decided to check out Xbox Cloud Gaming on my Macbook Pro's Safari browser. Holy crap man, this is some incredible stuff! All I had to do was type in xbox.com/play, log in with my account, connect a controller and then I was all set to go. It's such an easy process! The first thing that impressed me is the fact that you don't have to download any of the games, obviously. But it's still crazy that you can literally play Banjo-Kazooie on your web browser! The second thing that impressed me is that the service recognises your save files from your Xbox consoles through the cloud. You can literally play a session on your Xbox, then go lay down on your bed with your laptop and continue playing where you left off. Naturally, I experienced some lag here and there but for the most part my experience was very good. I can definitely see myself using this feature more in the future.

But holy crap man, this is truly gaming on the next level. You can play anywhere you want! If they keep improving the service and reducing the lag, then Microsoft and Phil Spencer are literally paving the way for the future. I'm 100% onboard with their vision now.

Have you guys tried out this feature yet and what's your experience of it?

LtSarge

Deadcow

Sort of mixed. I have the app on Android, and it absolutely sucks - I mean, literally unusable. Weirdly though, it works fine through Chrome, so I've just set up a shortcut on my home screen, and it basically works like the app. Works with my Razer Kishi controller too.

It's a little bit laggy when compared to Stadia and GEForce Now, but generally its a good experience, and being able to play Doom with raytracing on my phone is pretty incredible.

Deadcow

LtSarge

@Deadcow Yeah I feel the same way as you now that I've used it a couple of more times. I started up Bug Fables as it just came out on Game Pass today and the game doesn't really work well through the cloud. In the game it's all about being fast on the trigger so to speak and I keep messing up the input because of the lag. I definitely want to try out other games that don't require that much of a timely input, maybe e.g. the Telltale Walking Dead games.

LtSarge

Deadcow

@LtSarge I've been playing over the weekend through Chrome (because the app doesn't work) and I've found it's fine for stuff like driving games (Wreckfest and Dirt were both ok), and some slower shooters like Destiny 2, but, same as you've found, there's no way you're playing Doom Eternal or Dead Cells through it.

Deadcow

redd214

Been running it in Chrome since launch day on a 500/500 wired connection and its been mostly flawless so far. From Forza, to Halo, to Gars, Streets of Rage everything works exactly as expected. My smaller laptop with 4 gigs and a Ryzen 3 chugs pretty badly but my other with 16GB/i5 is indistinguishable from having an actual Xbox. Really pleased with it thus far.

@Deadcow havent had any problems playing Dead Cells with it at all

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redd214

LtSarge

I'm really interested to try out The Medium now that it's coming to Cloud Gaming and I don't have a Series X. Based on what I've seen and know about the game, it doesn't seem like it will require precision input since it's a walking simulator with puzzle elements. However, I do get some lag here and there as well as sound crackling when I play games through the cloud but hopefully that won't affect my experience of this game that much (e.g. sound cutting out right when there's a jumpscare).

Also, it's great to get a taste of how the future is going to be in my case in terms of Xbox gaming. I won't be getting a new console anytime soon, so it's nice to see that I'll still be able to experience next-gen games through my computer with Cloud Gaming, even though I only have a Macbook which is not really optimal for gaming, lol. But it still works great thanks to the cloud.

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LtSarge

ralphdibny

Just tried it out to do the game pass quests and it is a hell of a lot better than it was. This is through the app btw. I managed to do the whole prologue of GTA V which would have been impossible a month or 2 ago.

Still jittery as hell though, lots of screen refreshes. I wouldn't play a proper game through it at all. Just wouldn't be a good experience, not when I have an actual Xbox just sitting there. But still saves me some download time on some of these quests...

Need to try it through the chrome browser still as it seems like people are having a better experience with that.

ralphdibny

Deadcow

It's s bit like the worst of both worlds at the minute. On the app the controls are nice and responsive, but the streaming is complete and utter garbage.

On Chrome, the streaming is fine, but the controls are super laggy.

Deadcow

LtSarge

So The Medium has been added to Cloud Gaming today and I decided to play it now as my first real "cloud" game. I also played it on Chrome and honestly didn't find my experience any different than on Safari. Anyway, I played for 1.5 hours and the game felt great to play! Every 10 minutes or so the game starts stuttering and the sound starts crackling, but it only lasts for a couple of seconds and I honestly don't find it such a big deal. The tradeoff is that I'm able to play a Series X game that I otherwise won't be able to experience on my Xbox One and that's good enough for me. I also played with headphones and the game is such a spooky experience.

Overall I really enjoyed my time with it so far and I can definitely see myself playing it to completion. Cloud Gaming is simply phenomenal, I can't believe that I actually get to play current-gen games without having to own a current-gen system. Major kudos to Microsoft, Game Pass is seriously shaping up to become an absolute game changer for the gaming industry.

LtSarge

ralphdibny

@LtSarge I'll definitely give that a go if they roll out that new edge browser for console that has cloud gaming support

Also, I'll never know why they ditched the xCloud moniker. I know it was a codename but it's way more catchy than Xbox cloud gaming and I feel like a lot of people still call it xCloud, myself included!

ralphdibny

Deadcow

I think games like The Medium lend themselves perfectly to xCloud because the latency isn't such an issue, but you can't play Doom Eternal on it, I know, I've tried. For the brief few seconds I've been able to get the app to work, the latency seems MUCH lower, so that seems to be the best way to play, although, as I've said, I've never been able to get it to work properly.

It's brilliant that owners of older consoles get to experience next gen games. GamePass continues to be absolutely outrageous value.

Deadcow

NEStalgia

Has anyone seen issues with some games with the PC beta (through Edge). Most games are fine, but all 3 Fable games, dark crystal, octopath, probably others don't run. They just refresh the page when you hit play. I noticed games that run have a warning icon that my controller isn't connected even though it is and works. The games that don't start don't have that icon.

NEStalgia

SplooshDmg

@Deadcow The Doom Eternal stream on my PC runs great. I played through the first two levels no problem. Just for the sake of questions, have you opened all the ports on your network that Xbox uses? That did wonders for the quality of my streaming connection.

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