If you are a gamer, then you know that there are some major problems with the current model of gaming. The first is that it can be challenging to find time to play games when they come out. The second problem is the cost of buying new consoles and games. Xbox Cloud Gaming Beta solves both these problems by letting gamers play on-demand without needing expensive hardware like game consoles or TVs! This blog post will discuss how Xbox Cloud Gaming works and what the benefits are for gamers everywhere!
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You need to be invited to try it. You also need a membership that is paid for every month.
If you have an Xbox Gamepass Ultimate, you will have access to play Xbox Cloud Gaming Beta.
You can also try this beta for free by using a trial membership and an invitation from Microsoft!
The first thing that gamers need to know about Xbox Cloud Gaming is the cost: it’s free! There are no costs whatsoever, so nobody has any excuses not to participate in this great opportunity. However, there is one caveat if you want to keep playing games on demand without interruption – you need a paid Gamespass Ultimate Membership, which starts at $29.99/month or $359/year (as of December 2021). Plus, your family needs their own subscriptions as well because they cannot share yours with other family members like Netflix does with two screens being able to use the same subscription at
Some of the most popular Game Pass games come with the subscription, but there are a number of other games that can also be downloaded. Xbox Cloud Gaming is all about playing the latest and greatest gaming titles, but there are still some classics worth checking out as well!
The second thing to keep in mind with this service is what happens if you don’t have internet access? If you’re going on vacation or just live somewhere where broadband isn’t available, then this might not be for you. However, it’s really easy to set up an offline cache so your profile will sync once you connect again – assuming your Game Pass Ultimate subscription hasn’t expired while offline.
List of Games not included in Cloud Gaming Beta
To name a few:
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition
- Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag
- A Kingdom for Keflings
- Heavy Weapon
- Banjo-Kazooie Nuts and Bolts (Xbox 360)
- Halo Wars Definitive Edition
Macs are not included in what is termed as Windows 10 game beta. The Microsoft team has described their new product as “for Windows 10 PCs and Apple phones and tablets.” But Macs are not invited. I tried on my Mac, but Chrome was unable to launch any games because it did not recognize my controller, so the performance was choppy. Safari performed better than Google’s app but still felt choppy in comparison to a PC running windows.
The Xbox is also not yet supported, so it’s unclear how this will work on consoles. The team says they are working to bring the service to all our devices soon.
In a nutshell,
- Cloud gaming beta only supports Windows PCs and Apple phones/tablets for now
- No Macs supported at this time & Xbox currently unsupported too
- MS Team has said support coming soon, but no word on when that might be or which platforms will get first dibs in the meantime (although I imagine PC players would have a head start)
The Xbox Cloud Gaming beta is a mixed bag. On the one hand, it’s great to see games more available in more places, and the visuals on this streaming service were nice with only occasional stutter or issue of quality. However, loading times felt longer than playing locally, and there was often a disconnection between input controls going from video game console to my iPad screen; which really made me wish I could play offline instead as some digital noise would form on the tablet while not being noticeable during gameplay when connected directly through an HDMI cord connection into my TV set-up at home.
While you may be able to enjoy high fidelity graphics for your favourite titles even if they’re played remotely away from your living room, that doesn’t mean everything about gaming on the cloud is a walk in the park.