Slowly but surely, Microsoft is expanding its Xbox cloud gaming service. Initially, cloud gaming was only available in the beta phase on Android phones. Eventually, Xbox Cloud Gaming found its way to iOS and Windows desktops through a browser-based solution, and now the service is testing on the Xbox desktop app. Today we’re adding more platforms to the stack as Microsoft released a beta for Xbox Cloud Gaming on Xbox consoles.
If you’ve participated in Microsoft’s beta testing in the past, you know that testing at this early stage is limited to a select few who can play. Specifically, Microsoft is broadcasting the Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) live for a random selection of Xbox Insiders in the Alpha Skip-Ahead and Alpha Rings.
That’s right, not even everyone in the Alpha Skip Ahead and Alpha rings is getting this beta today, so it should be clear how limited this test is for now. However, Microsoft says it will select more Insiders over time and expand the test to include additional rings. So, if you are an Xbox insider, this is the place to look out for.
Xbox Cloud Gaming is included with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions and allows you to stream many of the titles available on Xbox Game Pass over the cloud. While it may seem silly to start cloud gaming on consoles designed for these games, playing over the cloud means installations are a thing of the past, as are concerns about limited storage space.
If you’ve been selected to join the beta, go to the Xbox Game Pass app on your console and find the games with the cloud icon. You can check too Xbox cable for a list of known issues before you jump in, and we’ll let you know as Microsoft expands this test to more gamers.
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