It was mentioned earlier this year that Microsoft would eventually be providing access to Xbox Series X|S games on Xbox One through the power of Xbox Cloud Gaming, and now the feature has begun rolling out to Insiders.
Those who are enrolled in the Alpha and Alpha Skip-Ahead rings should be able to access this already, which allows you to play next-gen specific games such as The Medium on your Xbox One via xCloud:
Of course, there are a few caveats with this, such as the requirement of a strong and reliable internet connection for the best experience possible, and the feature obviously only includes cloud-enabled Xbox Game Pass titles.
Undoubtedly though, this is a fantastic way to extend the lifespan of the Xbox One, eventually allowing all Xbox owners to experience certain next-gen exclusives regardless of which console they own. We're assuming the feature will be rolled out to more Insider rings very soon, with a public release expected in the coming weeks.
Happy about this? Had a chance to try it yet? Let us know down in the comments below.
I played The Medium through Cloud Gaming on my web browser and overall it ran pretty well with some hiccups here and there. I'm definitely excited to give this a try on my Xbox One.
I do wonder though how games like Halo Infinite and Forza Horizon 5 will run via Cloud Gaming on Xbox One compared to their native Xbox One versions. It would be very interesting if the Cloud Gaming versions ran much better than the native versions, given you have a good internet connection that is.
I tried 'The Great Escape' on my Laptop using xCloud and found the experience 'solid' and excites me for the option on Series X. The fact I can play 'some' games without having to wait to download/install, juggle storage etc means I will play 'more' games as a result.
@LtSarge Games on xcloud should 'run' like a Series console as they are running on 'virtual' Series consoles in the cloud. That could mean games like Forza Horizon and Halo Infinite run at 60fps (or better) with the 'visual' settings set to the Series level. Of course there will be some 'compression' artefacts and a bit more 'input delay' compared directly to playing locally on a Series device, but that could still 'feel' better than playing locally on an XB1 that's limited to 30fps. Input Lag is related to frame rate and by doubling the frame rate, it may actually improve the 'input lag' even with the 'added' lag from playing in the cloud.
As we have seen from the recent Flights, the XB1S and even the X have the lowest visual settings so I think the visual differences would be noticeable between a local XB1 version and a Streamed Series version running on an XB1.
This is another example of 'Xbox' being much bigger than just the 'console'. Xbox isn't the 'hardware', its the 'ecosystem' and MS want 'Xbox' on as many devices as possible - like 'Netflix'. The 'Series X' is going to be the 'best' way to play Halo, Forza etc on a 'console' but if you don't have a Series X, you can play a 'great' version on any current platform that has 'Xbox' on it.
I expect the 'best' version on XB1S to be the 'streamed' version - both visually and in performance despite not being 'local'. However, if you don't have GPU, then you can play it locally and 'limited' to its 'hardware' capability. I think that streaming maybe 'more' important when it comes to competitive MP - when locally you are limited to 30fps on XB1 but playing against others with 2-4x the frame rate and significantly better input response. Streaming may add a 'tiny' bit of input lag comparatively, but not as much as dropping to 30fps does - also the 'better' visuals may help with target acquisition too.
At the end of the day, its another 'choice' for gamers to access 'Xbox' games. When Bethesda signed for MS, they may have 'lost' the PS console, but still release on 'more' devices thanks to Game Pass Cloud. Starfield wouldn't get a 'mobile' or XB1 port but with xCloud, they are able to reach all those people 'globally' with any of the '4' Xbox consoles, PC or 'Mobile' device. PS5 gamers can play Starfield on their PC/Mobile with a DS5...
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