In some surprise news, Microsoft has announced that Xbox Cloud Gaming for Console has already begun rolling out to Xbox Insiders as of today, allowing you to play Game Pass games on your console without having to install them first.
The feature is available for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members, and is beginning its rollout to a random subset of Alpha Skip-Ahead and Alpha Insiders today, with more Insider rings set to receive the feature over time.
If you've been chosen, you'll find the full list of compatible titles by going to My Games & Apps > Full Library > Xbox Game Pass and setting the filter to “Cloud gaming”. Then, all you need to do is hit 'Play' to begin!
There are a few known issues right now, such as in-game purchases not being supported and games that are part of a bundle possibly failing to launch, but these will be fixed over time. There's no word on when more Xbox Insiders will join the fray, nor when to expect a public release, but hopefully we'll all be benefiting by the end of 2021.
Don't forget, this means Xbox One owners will (eventually) be able to play some Xbox Series X|S games as well!
"Cloud gaming on your console reduces your time to the fun and allows you to quickly jump into online multiplayer sessions with your friends by letting you play Xbox Game Pass games without having to wait for an install. Plus, save space on your hard drive! To get started, navigate to Xbox Game Pass on your console and look for games with the cloud icon."
Have you had a chance to try cloud gaming on your Xbox console yet? Let us know how you're getting on below.