Microsoft Edge is now available for Xbox, allowing you to stream Stadia games

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Image: Microsoft – Cloud gaming services, Discord chat, and Steam access are all available from your Xbox. With Microsoft’s September software upgrade, Xbox is going to become a more open platform. The console will receive the most recent version of Microsoft Edge, allowing it to play Stadia games, communicate on Discord servers, and access Steam.

If you don’t like Microsoft’s own Xbox Cloud Gaming service, the latest version of Edge makes it easier to pull up web pages or search for news or tips. It also unlocks the ability to use the web versions of a number of gaming apps, including Google Stadia, if you don’t like Microsoft’s own Xbox Cloud Gaming service. According to the Verge, it looks like Nvidia is still restricting access to GeForce Now game streaming on Edge for some reason, although this appears to be an exception rather than a frequent occurrence.

Microsoft is also bringing Xbox Cloud Gaming functionality to the PC via the Windows Xbox software for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate users in 22 countries. Now that PCs are compatible with Xbox Cloud Gaming, anybody with an Android phone, a modern Xbox, or a laptop/desktop has a simple method to play more than 100 different games without worrying about the device’s power. All you need is a fast internet connection—Microsoft recommends at least 7Mbps—as well as 5GHz wifi or 5G cellular connections, if available.

If you prefer to stream games you already own to another device, Microsoft’s Remote Play now allows you to do so from an Xbox One or an Xbox Series S/X to a nearby PC. That implies that if someone in your house is hogging the TV, you have other alternatives for gaming. The nice thing is that Remote Play works over the internet as well, so you’re not limited to your local network.

Microsoft is adding a new Play Later list for Xbox Game Pass users, so you can simply save any intriguing games you see and return to them later. In addition, if you don’t have any games stored in your Play Later list, Microsoft will suggest some new titles to try.

The September update for Xbox One and Xbox Series S|X consoles is now available.