Xbox Cloud Gaming Gets Upgraded And Expanded To All Game Pass Ultimate Members

Xbox Cloud Gaming Gets Upgraded And Expanded To All Game Pass Ultimate Members

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Xbox Game Pass members have been receiving a rollout of Xbox Cloud Gaming content for some time, but today's update not only brings the tech to all subscribers, it upgrades that underlying tech as well. Xbox Cloud Gaming now operates on custom Series X hardware, enabling it to play the new-gen versions of games that have already been optimized for the Xbox Series X|S, such as Sea of Thieves and Gears 5.

In a blog post, the Head of Product for Xbox Cloud Gaming, Catherine Gluckstein, said this:

We are creating a future that combines the gaming heritage of Xbox and the power of Azure. A future where we bring high fidelity, immersive games to the 3 billion players around the world. Now we’re taking a big step forward to reaching that vision: Starting today, Xbox Cloud Gaming is available to all Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members with Windows 10 PCs and Apple phones and tablets, via browser, across 22 countries. 

If you’re a member or want to become a member, simply go to xbox.com/play on Microsoft Edge, Chrome, or Safari on your PC or mobile device to start playing hundreds of games from the Xbox Game Pass library.

The update doesn't just bring the tech to mobile platforms like iOS and Android phones and tablets. It also allows all subscribers to play Cloud games on their PC, meaning you don't need to install them or worry about specs. The only spec that really matters is your internet speed (okay, and maybe your data cap).

Further down the long blog post, Gluckstein revealed that games will stream in up to 1080p and 60 frames per second, with more upgrades being worked on all the time. 

We’ve been upgrading Microsoft datacenters around the globe with the fastest, most powerful Xbox hardware to give you faster load times, improved frame rates, and an experience of a new generation of gaming. To ensure the lowest latency, highest quality experience across the broadest set of devices, we will be streaming at 1080p and up to 60fps. Going forward we’ll continue to innovate and add more features to enhance your cloud gaming experience.

The update launches today, so if you're a subscriber you can now enjoy Game Pass titles on virtually any device you have, assuming it's not out-of-date with the compatibility list. More than 100 Game Pass games are already cloud-enabled, with more than 50 of them offering touch screen controls for players who prefer those on handheld devices. Xbox has hinted that in the future players will be able to play Series X|S games on their Xbox One using the same tech.

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