Xbox Series X hardware now powers Xbox Cloud Gaming

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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.

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