During its Xbox Gamescom 2021 presentation, Microsoft announced that it will finally bring its Cloud Gaming service to the Xbox Series X and Xbox One during the 2021 holiday season. Cloud Gaming will let gamers stream over 100 games to their console without wasting any hard drive space, and more impressively, it will bring Series X exclusives to your aging Xbox One.
Cloud gaming is part of Microsoft’s larger Azure strategy. It’s a bit complicated, but here’s the gist—Microsoft wants to replace powerful desktop PCs and home consoles with monthly services. Ordinary people will stream powerful PCs to any device they own, and they’ll do the same for AAA games.
In fact, you can already stream big-name games to your phone or laptop using Microsoft’s Cloud Gaming service. Extending this service to the Xbox only makes sense, as it could greatly extend the console’s lifespan, eliminate the need for expensive add-on hard drives, and of course, help sell Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions ($15 a month) to people who are still using an Xbox One.
Cloud Gaming will arrive on Xbox with access to over 100 games, all of which are free if you’re a Game Pass Ultimate customer. Most of these games will be “last-gen,” as Microsoft hasn’t upgraded its services to support Series X titles. But once those servers are upgraded, Xbox One customers will gain streaming access to next-gen titles. And unless your internet connection is abysmally slow, they’ll run at 1080p 60FPS.
Microsoft says that it will allow Insiders to test Cloud Gaming for Xbox this fall, though the feature won’t see a wide rollout until this holiday season. If you’re on the fence about buying an expensive Xbox Series X, maybe you should give Cloud Gaming a shot and see how it works on your Xbox One later this year. You can also try Cloud Gaming now on your PC or phone with a Game Pass Ultimate subscription.