Xbox Cloud Gaming Comes to Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One

Posted on November 17, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X with 3 Comments

Microsoft has expanded the availability of Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) to the Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles.

“Today you can play Game Pass games from the cloud on your Xbox console,” Microsoft vice president Catherine Gluckstein writes in the announcement post. “We’re excited that Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) is now available on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S consoles with a Game Pass Ultimate subscription.”

This is exciting for all the obvious reasons, but it’s also a way for those with Xbox One consoles to play some games that were made or optimized for newer consoles too. For example, Xbox Series X|S-specific titles like Recompile, The Medium, and The Riftbreaker are now playable on Xbox One with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. And more games, including Microsoft Flight Simulator, are on the way in early 2022.

Xbox Cloud Gaming is available on these consoles in 25 countries, with Brazil coming soon. And it is perhaps interesting that Microsoft has explicitly revealed that it is on a “journey” to bring Xbox Cloud Gaming to more than a billion devices. That worked out well last time.

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3 responses to “Xbox Cloud Gaming Comes to Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One”

  1. christianwilson

    I have been waiting for this feature for a while. I only have an Xbox One so now I can play a few more games that are Series X|S exclusive. More importantly, there's only so much internal space on these consoles. Occasionally, I'd like to sit down and play something but may not have a space for it. Xbox Cloud Gaming can get around that.


    I just hope Xbox Cloud Gaming works well on Xbox consoles. I've only recently had good experiences with it on Windows 11 in the Xbox app. It's unplayable on anything else.

    • christianwilson

      Quick update on this. I didn't have much time to test this last night, but Xbox Cloud Gaming on an Xbox One S worked great for me. I do notice some input latency compared to other cloud services, but it's minor. I was able to play Mirror's Edge Catalyst without any trouble.

  2. markbyrn

    I'd like to see the option to play all my console-owned games via Cloud gaming without the need to remote to the Xbox.

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