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Exclusive: First hands-on video with xCloud Xbox game streaming for Windows 10 PC

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Project xCloud is the codename of Microsoft's cloud streaming game platform for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, letting you stream console-quality games to any device. The service is now available on Android, but is expected to come to iOS and PC in the future. And today, we've had our first-hands on session with Project xCloud streaming running on a Surface Pro X.

Project xCloud on PC looks and functions in almost the exact same way it does on Android, scaling easily to meet larger displays. The app we've been using is designed for internal testing, and it comes with all the same features from the Xbox Game Pass app on Android, including touch controls, which is ideal if you're using a Surface device and you don't have an Xbox controller handy or one of the clips from our best xCloud Xbox controller phone clips round up. Even if you have a capable PC, streaming console games to a PC also has some other small benefits, including less susceptibility to hackers and cheaters vs. online PC counterparts, and the ability to scale a window more easily without using some third-party software like the Borderless Gaming app on Steam.

Source: Windows Central (Image credit: Source: Windows Central)

The live footage was demonstrated by our Windows Editor Zac Bowden, who is using 200 MB standard internet from a domestic ISP. The controls were responsive and felt near-native, with very little artifacting in the video feed.

We expect Project xCloud will be baked directly into the new Windows 10 Xbox app eventually, similarly to how it's baked into the Xbox Game Pass app on Android. It might look a little differently from how it's presented in the video as a result, but the functionality will remain the same.

You can grab Xbox cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $15 per month, and it is guaranteed to include all of Microsoft's own games day and date, as well as a wide variety of other games from third-parties like Sega, EA, and many more.

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Jez Corden
Jez Corden

Jez Corden is a Senior Editor for Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!

12 Comments
  • Re-uploading the video cus YouTube's processing broke it somehow, bear with me.
  • ok standing by 🐻
  • Any word on time frame for it to roll out? Or at least start insider testing?
  • Hey Jez! Great first look! Did MS send you the appx to sideload or something, or can we somehow enroll ourselves?
  • When this rolls out (assumingly to the new Xbox App), are we going to see Xbox Console Streaming added? I know that they are going to be retiring the Xbox Console Companion App, so I'm hoping that Xbox Console Streaming gets added to the Xbox app.
  • Yeah I assumed that was going to be a thing on launch. Especially with how little storage the Series S has
  • Same question. I am hoping to be able to stream from my Series X to a PC on an external network (wired or wireless)
  • Any word on the resolution of the stream? Is it still only 720p?
  • Watch the video
  • You couldn't just answered the question? What an ahole.
  • Release it now!!!
  • Have a name for this service ?
    Xcloud, not terrible.