xCloud for Windows PC is Now Available in the Xbox App
The concept of Microsoft xCloud is still wildly underrated and misunderstood. In short, you can play Xbox games via the cloud on any device that works with the service. While that’s not a new concept for PC gamers, it’s about to get a whole lot easier. xCloud was available in-browser for Windows PCs before this week. Luckily, the arrival of xCloud for Windows PC in the Xbox App streamlines the experience and works incredibly well. Here’s what you need to know about this new addition to the PC/Xbox ecosystem.
How to Access xCloud for Windows PC in the Xbox App
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Xbox as a console is seeing a great run with the Series X & S. Xbox as a concept, however, is much more than console gaming. Microsoft xCloud is now arriving on Windows PC to bring the experience directly to the Xbox App. Per The Verge, an updated Xbox app feature will include the same cloud games originally introduced to iOS and PC in early 2021 via browser. Why does this matter? Well, for starters, it’s the vision Microsoft sought in bringing cloud gaming to PC in the first place.
A dedicated Xbox app from which you can game in the cloud is huge for the company’s move to a larger gaming ecosystem. Phil Spencer keeps telling people it’s all about bringing games to as many people as possible. So far, Xbox seems to actually mean it. The company is truly changing what we know to be the Xbox name right before our eyes. Plus, cloud gaming progress carries over to your Xbox console. That means if you’re gaming on the go then you’re actually able to keep a single save across all devices.
Xbox continues to add games to the xCloud library. For example, a recent drop of games includes Skate 3 and the future addition of Hades on August 13. The library also includes a number of Xbox Game Studios titles ranging from Microsoft classics to new Bethesda additions. Will this replace the gaming device console players choose? Probably not, but here’s the thing: not everyone owns an Xbox. Everyone can access cloud gaming via Xbox Game Pass, however, which is a huge profit-churner for Microsoft in the making.
If you’re excited to try xCloud on your Windows PC via the Xbox App, then let us know in the comments! If you already tried it, then feel free to share your experience too. Thanks for reading Comic Years for all things gaming, comics, and pop culture.
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Taylor is the Gaming Editor of Comic Years and a lifelong fan of video games. He holds two degrees in Political Communication and wrote a Master's Thesis on resistance movements, race, and the exploitation of college athletes. His wife and two Toy Australian Sheppards keep him sane.