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Cloud Gaming Comes To Xbox Consoles This Holiday Season

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If there weren’t already enough reason to sign up for Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft gave us one more today. Cloud gaming will be coming to Xbox Game Pass on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One this fall.

For those unsure what that means, let’s break it down. Cloud gaming is already available on Windows PCs, phones, and tablets. This allows you to stream any game supporting cloud features directly to your device. Because the connection is remote this requires no installation, download, updates, anything. Games load quickly and you can get right into the action.

Cloud Gaming

While playing games not available on those platforms has an instant appeal, the need for it on Xbox consoles where you can download all of these games using Game Pass is a little less immediately clear. That’s probably why consoles were last to get this option. Nonetheless, with a little thought its easy to see uses for it. Try a game out before deciding if you want to download it. Jump into co-op with friends for a short period without downloading at all if you don’t think you’ll keep playing the game. Play new titles without clearing some of the console’s limited hard drive space. There are a lot of options.

Perhaps the most important will be helping owners of older consoles stick with this generation. In time this will allow you to stream next gen only titles like Microsoft Flight Simulator (Our Review) and The Medium (Our Review) to an Xbox One, where downloading them isn’t an option. That alone could be big for those not yet ready, or able, to upgrade their console.

Check out a trailer for this exciting new feature and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Andrew Thornton
Andrew has been writing about video games for nearly twenty years, contributing to publications such as DarkStation, Games Are Fun, and the E-mpire Ltd. network. He enjoys most genres but is always pulled back to classic RPG's, with his favorite games ever including Suikoden II, Panzer Dragoon Saga, and Phantasy Star IV. Don't worry though, he thinks new games are cool too, with more recent favorites like Hades, Rocket League, and Splatoon 2 stealing hundreds of hours of his life. When he isn't playing games he's often watching classic movies, catching a basketball game, or reading the first twenty pages of a book before getting busy and forgetting about it.

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