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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

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.

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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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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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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

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

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.

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LtSarge

So today I was planning on finishing up The Medium on Cloud Gaming and I started up the game later than usual. I tend to play it around 8 PM or so, but today I started playing at 11 PM. For some reason, the game was unusually laggy today. Like way worse than usual. I mentioned before that it stutters every 10 minutes or so, but now it was laggy pretty much all the time. When I first booted it up, the site told me that "it took longer than usual to connect", which is a message I've never received before. So I'm wondering now if the time of day that I choose to play a game on Cloud Gaming affects my connection. Maybe there are a lot more people using the service at the time I started playing today? I'm going to start up the game much earlier tomorrow and see if it makes any difference.

LtSarge

Balta666

I tried earlier in the year all cloud based services (stadia, GeForce now and xcloud) and even by my router on a 5G wireless connection the games were nearly unplayable due to lag. I guess I am just someone that could play a 480p game without complaining but lag... Not in my book...

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Balta666

R1spam

I tried art of rally last night with xcloud, loved the visuals but the lag was deadly! I've played a reasonable amount of new vegas on x cloud and results have been much more positive! Has anyone tried xcloud vs streaming from your console?

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robe

For those that are experiencing lag: I've done some testing on various device I have around the house.
Android: CAT S41, Samsung Galaxy S20, Sony Xperia 1ii,
Windows: Lenovo T490, Desktop PC(Home built)

Now all these devices are running on the same network, powered by some ghastly Asus gaming router that looks like an up turned spider (Asus ROG GT-AX11000). Some of the devices are unplayable, CAT S41, Lenovo T490, while the rest are pretty good. In all cases the signal is strong and using 5Ghz, for the devices that are unplayable it doesn't matter how close I get to the router. My suspicion so far is that there is more to the minimum spec than connection speed, I suspect your device also needs to be fast at video decoding.

I've searched around on the internet to see if anybody has done any benchmarks to backup my conclusion, but came up with nothing. But I'd suggest trying a different device before blaming your network connection.

robe

NEStalgia

Anyone else seeing sudden poor performance after this past weekend on PC xcloud? Mine's been running great (browser) and even better (app) until then. There was a Windows Update over the weekend on my Surface Pro. A big update that had the full "updating windows" screen you never see for normal updates, and it took a while (probably laying groundwork for Win11 upgrade, it's a 2019 model.) I have two Surface Pros around (the 2017 model as well.) That one has an update pending but I haven't rebooted yet.

On the one that was updated suddenly xcloud is almost unplayable. It's constantly redrawing the screen in 3-layer posterized stages and/or corrupting in the app. I switched to browser and it just stalls periodically instead (that never happened before.)

I tried switching to 2.4GHz and it seemed kinda better, slightly, but didn't fix the problem (and never had interference issues until that update.) I switched to a different router I run, and it was definitely better, but still not right. Then later in the evening (when less people were playing xcloud I'm sure) it seemd substantially better on the original.

I would say there's interference but nothing else on the machine seems affected and speed tests over the wifi are over 300 with 14ms pings. Wired I'm over 600 with 11ms pings. Should be no issues there. Could be wifi interference, but the other Surface Pro playing on the same router has no issues (and hasn't installed the update.)

I can only assume the Windows Update either broke something with video drivers/decoding or the wifi driver, power management, or something that's breaking performance.

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LtSarge

Has anyone tried out Xbox Cloud Gaming on Xbox One or Series X since it launched last week? I'm very curious to see how well games like Forza Horizon 5 plays through the cloud on the consoles. Like if I'm able to play Game Pass titles that take up 100+ GB in download size through the cloud without having to download anything, and they run well, and I can also play next-gen titles on Xbox One, then I'm seriously going to be using Game Pass Ultimate a lot in the future. I'm very interested in playing Halo Infinite, The Gunk and also the next A Plague Tale next year, which I thought I'd have to buy a Series X for but with Cloud Gaming being available on Xbox One, I can just play that game there.

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