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On Windows, xCloud and Xbox Remote Play are now available

Microsoft has announced that its xCloud service, also known as Xbox Cloud Gaming, and Xbox Remote Play are now available to everyone on Windows 10 via the Xbox app (or 11). These features on PC were rolled out to Xbox Insiders as a beta last month, and they've been available on phones for a while, but it's nice to see them on PC as well. It gives you a choice of how you want to play the game, whether it's on your own console or on Microsoft's servers.

Xbox Cloud Gaming has been available on Windows for a few months through web browsers, but it's a nice step forward that the service is now available in a native app rather than being confined to a web browser on PC. A Bluetooth or USB controller, as well as an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, are still required to use it. It's also worth noting that, while Xbox Cloud Gaming is no longer only available to Insiders on Windows, Microsoft still considers the service to be in beta, so your results may vary.

Remote Play, which allows you to stream games from an Xbox Series S or X, or an Xbox One, to your Windows machine, is also a welcome addition. The feature is available on your home network or remotely over the internet, according to Microsoft, though performance is likely to be better if the game is running locally on the same network. Microsoft has also added some new features to Remote Play, including the ability to stream games in 1080p 60fps and the ability to play “select” games from the original Xbox and 360 consoles.