You Can Now Stream Games From Consoles or the Cloud to Windows 10

Posted on September 14, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in PC gaming, Project xCloud, Windows 10, Windows 11, Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X with 4 Comments

Microsoft today released a major update to the Xbox app for Windows 10 that supports game streaming from an Xbox console or the cloud.

“Today, we’re opening up new possibilities for you to remotely play console games on your Windows 10 PCs (or later) with updates to the Xbox app, including support for playing Xbox Game Pass games from the cloud [and] playing games directly from your console with Xbox remote play,” Microsoft’s Jason Beaumont announced.

This functionality, which Microsoft had previously advertised as a feature of Windows 11, means that gamers can finally access console remote play from Xbox Series X|S, a feature that’s been missing since those consoles launched in November 2020. (Xbox One support was already in place.) More broadly, it means that Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Cloud Gaming users can now game from their PCs without having to first install games locally.

Indeed, the Xbox Cloud Gaming bit might be the most interesting. Now, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers (a requirement for Cloud Gaming) in 22 countries can play games directly from the cloud on Windows 10 (and, soon, Windows 11).

Games stream at 1080p/60 fps, Microsoft says.

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Comments (4)

4 responses to “You Can Now Stream Games From Consoles or the Cloud to Windows 10”

  1. rm

    They are finally getting the complete game streaming basics in place.

  2. whgb

    This is great. I've been wondering what might happen when my six-year old gaming PC finally dies. It's too hard to buy a new graphics card, so is a NUC and cloud gaming what I'll do instead? Quite possibly!

    No update for my Xbox app yet. (Possibly because I'm in Australia -- hopefully the full service will launch soon, as I have Game Pass Ultimate.)

  3. Mikael Koskinen

    Now we just need an ability to stream PC games to Xbox. Steam Link works great bit I would prefer to do everything through Xbox. Steam Link app for Xbox is what is currently missing.

  4. behindmyscreen

    So, I could play Battlefield from the cloud?

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