What you need to know
- Xbox Cloud Gaming is now completely powered by Xbox Series X hardware.
- Microsoft has moved toward this hardware setup gradually over the last few months.
- The move to Xbox Series X hardware improves load speeds, reduces latency, and brings higher quality visuals.
Xbox Cloud Gaming is now powered completely by custom Xbox Series X hardware. Microsoft has worked on this migration for quite some time, but a statement to The Verge confirms that the transition is complete. The move to hardware based on the Xbox Series X improves load times and framerates for games streamed through Xbox Cloud Gaming.
We first covered the move to Xbox Series X blades for Xbox Cloud Gaming back in June 2021. Here are the main benefits gamers will see now that Microsoft's game streaming service runs on custom Xbox Series X blades:
- Faster load speeds and transitions
- Lower latency and better performance
- Higher quality visuals
- 1080p gameplay at up to 60 FPS
- The ability to stream Xbox Series X|S Optimized games
The improved hardware powering Xbox Cloud Gaming should benefit people streaming games regardless of which devices they use. It also enables Microsoft Flight Simulator and The Medium to work through the streaming services, as they both require next-gen console hardware.
The list of Xbox Cloud Gaming titles continues to grow. Now, those titles should look even better when streamed to devices.
Xbox Cloud Gaming already works with Android, iOS, Windows 10, and Windows 11. Microsoft is also working on bringing its game streaming service to Xbox consoles, including the Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and the Xbox One. An upcoming Xbox app for TVs will let people stream games directly to their television.
A catalog of games
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
All your gaming needs in one subscription.
Xbox Game Pass Ultimate includes subscriptions to Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass for Xbox consoles and Windows PCs. It also lets you stream hundreds of games to devices through Xbox Cloud Gaming, which is now powered by Xbox Series X hardware.
Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at email@example.com.
Another reason why consoles are in short supply
Special Microsoft is the reason. Same reason you can't buy X one X but you can still buy PS4.
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