Microsoft announced Monday that its cloud streaming service, Xbox Cloud Gaming, is playable in the Xbox Windows app starting today. Xbox Cloud Gaming first became available on PC in end of June, but only through a web browser. You can now launch it from the same Xbox app used to browse and launch Game Pass games.
The Cloud Gaming beta is available in the Xbox app if you are an Xbox Insider member and have a Game Pass Ultimate membership. You must also live in one of the 22 countries that the streaming service has launched so far, which currently includes the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, but not Australia.
Cloud Gaming currently requires a controller connected via Bluetooth or USB, but hopefully at some point it will also support mouse and keyboard. There are many games on Game Pass like Grounded or Sea of Thieves well suited for PC controls.
The games stream at 1080p, 60 fps from data centers running custom Xbox Series X hardware, and the biggest draw is that they can load your save file from any Microsoft device you want. have already played. If you’ve walked halfway through Doom Eternal on Game Pass on your desktop, for example, you can now stream it from the cloud to a laptop in the Xbox app and pick up where you left off.
Remember you will need to join the Xbox Insider program to discover the new beta version of Cloud Gaming on Windows. Microsoft hasn’t said how long its streaming service will stay in beta, but it’s currently only available in about half of the countries Microsoft offers Game Pass, so it still has a ways to go.