Game Pass cloud gaming will be available on Xbox One and Series X and S by the end of this year

Microsoft will make cloud gaming available on Xbox One and Series X and S during the holiday season at the end of this year. Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will then be able to play games without installing or downloading them, or play new games on an old console.

Cloud gaming on Xbox consoles makes it possible to play games that only appear for the Series X and S on older consoles such as the Xbox One and One X. For owners of a new console, cloud gaming can be a godsend to quickly start a game or try it, without having to download the game first.

In the fall, Microsoft will begin testing cloud gaming on Xbox consoles through the Xbox Insider program. During the holiday season, the feature should come to all Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. Microsoft has not disclosed exact dates.

Cloud gaming via the Game Pass Ultimate subscription has been available for Android devices for some time now. Since June, support has also been added for iOS and Windows 10 via a web app. Microsoft is also building cloud gaming support into the Xbox app for Windows.

In June, Microsoft announced it was working on a streaming device for “cloud gaming on any screen.” This could be a stick that can be connected to TVs and monitors. Details on that have not yet been disclosed.

On all platforms, games via cloud gaming are streamed in a maximum 1080p resolution with a frame rate of 60fps. The games run in Microsoft data centers on hardware based on Xbox Series consoles.

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