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Xbox Cloud Gaming now available on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One consoles

Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S
Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S (Image credit: Matt Brown | Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Xbox Cloud Gaming has been available on PC and mobile devices for some time.
  • Microsoft announced on Wednesday that Xbox Cloud Gaming is now available on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles.
  • Xbox Cloud Gaming is available for anyone with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription.

Xbox Cloud Gaming is now available on consoles, Microsoft shared via Xbox Wire (opens in new tab) on Wednesday. Any players with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S or Xbox One can now start streaming Cloud games available in the library.

Xbox Cloud Gaming allows players to try a game without installing it, or streaming a game in order to save SSD space for current-generation titles. Xbox Cloud Gaming also allows Xbox One owners to play current-generation games, with Microsoft Flight Simulator being added to the service in early 2022.

While the Xbox first-party lineup in 2021 consisted mainly of cross-generation titles, this period is ending, with Arkane Austin's vampire-hunting title Redfall and Bethesda Game Studios' science-fiction role-playing game Starfield are slated to arrive sometime in Summer 2022 and on Nov. 11, 2022 respectively. Both titles are exclusive to Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S and PC, meaning an Xbox One owner that doesn't want to or can't upgrade can use Xbox Cloud Gaming to play them.

Samuel Tolbert is a freelance writer covering gaming news, previews, reviews, interviews and different aspects of the gaming industry, specifically focusing on Xbox and PC gaming on Windows Central. You can find him on Twitter @SamuelTolbert.

3 Comments
  • Finally! No more waiting for downloads to try a game (when Cloud is an option). Even playing while downloading is going to be so awesome.
  • Agreed, hell given my internet speed I imagine there's going to be plenty of games I'm not even going to install and just play it via cloud, no point taking up space on my drive if I don't have to.
  • I actually tried this very thing on the PC the other night while downloading FH5, it played great (though it felt a tad bit slow compared to the native version). The lag felt great after the first few minutes. If it wouldn't have looked worse than the Xbox I wouldnt even have noticed it was a cloud game. This could really get into a situation where I don't even have to download as you said.