It’s not clear when it will be available, but Microsoft is moving towards bringing Xbox cloud gaming beyond just mobile devices and browsers. Microsoft is currently working on a TV-only Xbox app that will allow Xbox players to stream games without a console. Standalone streaming devices that you can plug into a TV or monitor are also planned, and it`s reasonable to assume there could be further upgrades to the Xbox Cloud Gaming resolution to match this TV push.
Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming service (xCloud) is now fully supported on custom Xbox Series X hardware. Microsoft told The Verge that an upgrade was recently completed that improved both frame rates and game load times for gamers streaming Xbox games over the Internet. Microsoft has moved Xbox Cloud Gaming to 1080p and 60fps streams in recent months, but the company has yet to unlock the full potential of its custom Xbox Series X hardware to deliver 4K streams.
Microsoft also recently expanded Xbox Cloud Gaming to Australia, Brazil, Mexico, and Japan, shortly after completing its custom Xbox Series X hardware upgrade for the service. Microsoft`s xCloud tech is now available in 26 countries, and the company has previously hinted at “new subscription offerings for Xbox Game Pass,” so we could see additional tiers that provide access to Xbox Cloud Gaming soon.
Xbox Cloud Gaming started off as a way to play games on mobile devices, but with its upcoming integration into the Xbox dashboard and TVs, it`s already becoming a lot more than just a mobile offering. Microsoft is also integrating Xbox Cloud Gaming into its new Xbox web store that`s starting to rollout, and we`re still waiting to hear more about its plans to bring its xCloud technology to Facebook Gaming.