Stream Before You Download
Xbox Cloud Gaming has come a long way since it first started testing two years ago. Its become a pretty great experience on PC and mobile. I can say personally that I use it regularly with my Razr Kishi on my phone. Just last night I played a few matches of Halo Infinite on my phone while laying in bed and for the most part it ran great.
That capability is coming to two new platforms today. Microsoft’s current and last generation consoles will now be able to stream games right to the consoles. To some this may seem less necessary. After all, Game Pass members can already download those games to the consoles. There are definitely some uses for this option though. For Xbox One owners this will allow them to play next generation only games like Recompile, The Medium, and The Riftbreaker. Microsoft plans to add Microsoft Flight Simulator to the service early next year, which will be a wonderful option.
There’s always the use case of just trying before you download. Games are huge now and not everyone wants to download a 100 GB game just to see if they like it. Hard drive space is another concern. For games you just want to try briefly this could be a wonderful option, while you’d probably be best served by downloading the game if you plan to continue. More options are always nice to have though and we’re glad to see this option finally expand.