Taking Xbox Cloud Gaming to the Road

Posted on April 27, 2021 by Brad Sams in Xbox with 8 Comments

Last week, Microsoft opened up the doors to Xbox cloud gaming on iOS and the PC browser. While those end-points are supported ways to use the service, with browser support now natively available, we can push the boundaries of where we can access the content.

You could go all-inception-like by accessing Xbox cloud gaming from the browser on your Xbox so that you can play Xbox while on your Xbox. Or, in my scenario, you can access Xbox cloud gaming in your car and play it that way.

You can watch the video below as that does a better explanation of how I was able to get this full-screen experience in the car and while it is technically possible, it is far from optimal. Using BetterTeslaTheater, you can make the content full screen and have the audio route through the speakers in your car, and I was also able to use an Xbox controller. It is worth pointing out that this should work in any car or endpoint that has a browser, mine happens to be a Model Y.

Even though I mentioned it several times in the video, you should never attempt to do this while the car is in drive; I recorded this video while sitting in my driveway. I also intentionally made the title ‘to the road’ instead of ‘on the road’ as that would imply I was driving.

As you would expect, this is not something that I would recommend for anyone trying to do serious gaming – it’s a novelty for now. That being said, it does show you the possibilities with cloud gaming now that it can run in the browser.

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Comments (8)

8 responses to “Taking Xbox Cloud Gaming to the Road”

  1. gregsedwards

    Sitting in a parked car, playing a racing game. Some future. ?

  2. StevenLayton

    It’s a sad day when you have to remind people not to play video games while driving.

  3. brothernod

    Chuckled at the outro "More BS" title.

  4. Daekar

    I love imagining what your wife was thinking while you were doing this. I feel like you probably should have unlocked an achievement for it.

  5. MikeCerm

    Xbox game streaming barely works at home between Xbox and a PC on Wi-Fi. I can't imagine cloud streaming is ever going to work for anything but casual games any time in the next decade. Since there's no reason that you'd ever need to stream a casual game, because even low-end phones have enough processing power for casual gaming, I don't really see how cloud gaming is ever going to be a thing that anyone uses. Maybe someday we'll all have uncapped zero-latency wireless connections... but I just don't see it happening.

    • bleeman

      In reply to MikeCerm:

      I gave PUBG a try with my Xbox controller on my IPad mini 5 and aside from changes in some of the controls overall it wasn't bad at all. Ultimately it won't be my normal way to mobile game as I use my Galaxy Note 10+ and the Razer Kishi. This combo works well and is much easier to carry around. Overall though I thought for it's initial Beta it worked pretty well and I assume it will get better as they iron it out.

  6. Patrick3D

    You can get a USB wireless adapter to use with the controller, various 3rd party adapters designed for use with the Nintendo Switch will work.

  7. tripleplayed

    Yeah I've played it on a bus. Works fairly well.