When a dozen or so months ago there were talk of plans related to “playing everything you can”, i.e. streaming games from the cloud, many people have no doubts. Perhaps not so much in the legitimacy of the entire project, but in its final quality and the time that would have to pass for such services to actually have the proverbial hands and feet. However, solutions such as xCloud, NVIDIA GeForce NOW or Google Stadia appeared surprisingly shortly after the official announcements and are doing really decently (well, maybe the latter service is a bit less). It is worth taking a closer look at Microsoft, which keeps its word by developing the Xbox Game Pass so that ultimately each of us can actually play on the promised platforms, i.e. even on old laptops, tablets, smartphones and TV sets.
Playing in the cloud will probably not stop anything. Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass, along with the xCloud option, will soon also be available on TVs.
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Currently, we can use the resources of the Xbox Game Pass library via computers and smartphones / tablets. In the first case, however, the subscription subscriber must download games from the repository and have decent hardware to run them. In the case of mobile devices, only xCloud is available, i.e. a part of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, thanks to which we can play using streaming from the cloud (a pad will also be useful, although some titles are adapted to play only by touch). xCloud is also soon to appear in Chrome, Edge and Safari (currently in open testing), and it looks like it will also appear on TVs, which was already promised at the start of the xCloud project.
How do we know this? Well, Microsoft itself informed about it. The company's representatives revealed that they planned to integrate the Xbox Game Pass and the cloud gaming service with televisions. It was also admitted that one of the steps towards this goal was to establish cooperation with several key producers of tele receivers. Ultimately, playing in the cloud (xCloud) on TVs is to be possible thanks to a dedicated application and controller. The giant from Redmond reassured that even if our TV set is not compatible with Game Pass (e.g. we do not have a Smart TV), we will be able to use a USB device that will allow us to play.
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