How can Xbox cloud streaming be played (and why this is a large deal)

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Image: Microsoft – Finally, you can check Microsoft’s Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows 10 response to Stadia. Xbox Cloud Gaming is now available to the public after months in limited, invite-only closed beta. The service remains in beta, but has now been included with all Game Pass Ultimate subscribers, adding even greater value to the probably best gaming service.

Apps running the most recent version of Android, iOS/iPadOS, MacOS or Windows 10 are supported by Xbox Cloud Gaming beta. Microsoft plans to provide Xbox One models with cloud streaming and support Windows 11 in the future.

Xbox Cloud Streaming has upgraded its infrastructure for cloud streaming

Xbox Cloud Streaming has potential, but it requires the right technology for Microsoft to succeed. In this regard, the streaming of Microsoft technology has improved along with the increased beta availability. Games are now running on Xbox X hardware equivalent Series.

Stream quality remains at 1080p and 60fps, so that the 4K 120fps gameplay that can really be done with an Xbox X series is not achieved, but there are now other technical improvements, like the tracing of ray and (potentially) faster load times. Latency of the input and overall performance depend on your internet connection, but it is possible to stream over wireless or mobile connections, with 5G available.

On your favorite devices below, we’ll show existing Game Pass Ultimate subscribers how to create Xbox Cloud Streaming.

How to Stream Xbox Cloud

To access Xbox Cloud Streaming, you will need a few things:

  • Ultimate subscription to a Game Pass. Microsoft offers a special initiatory fee of $1 a month for the first three months for those that have not yet subscribed. The price jumps to $15 a month, but this is still an affordable price for accessing a rotating Xbox and PC library.
  • The latest Android, iOS, iPadOS, macOS, Windows 10 versions of the system are supported. See this page for a complete list of devices supported.
  • A USB or Bluetooth controller coupled with your computer. You may use an Xbox controller or a third-party supported option for smartphones, such as a Backbone or Razer Kishi. (Some games support touch controls as well, but it is much easier to use the actual gamepad.)
  • An Internet connection with high speed. The use of at least 10 Mbps speed networks over 5Ghz Wi-Fi is recommended by Microsoft.

Finally, the right web browser is needed. The services are available via the web on each of the currently supported platforms but browsers support varies by operating system.


  • Chrome

iOS and iPadOS:

  • Safari


  • Safari
  • Edge
  • Other Chromium browsers (like Brave, Opera, Vivaldi, etc.)

Windows 10:

  • Chrome
  • Edge
  • Other Chromium browsers (Brave, Opera, Vivaldi, etc.)

Only load on your device after you have a control panel and the right browser is installed, log on to your Game Pass account, then select a game to play from your library (Note: Cloud streaming is only supported by some game pass games currently. Over time, more titles are added.)

In-home streaming is also available in Xbox Cloud

Xbox Cloud Streaming is a great advantage for game-pass subscribers, but not the only way Xbox games can be played when your TV is away. You can also stream from your Android, iOS or Windows 10 consoles directly on the same network if you own Xbox Series X/S or Xbox One.