Looking forward: We are days away from the first Xbox | Bethesda E3 conference, but Microsoft has already started talking about what Xbox Game Pass has in store for the future. From an Xbox TV app and game streaming hardware to multiple new features and optimizations for cloud games. Microsoft xCloud could soon become a cloud gaming platform.
With the upcoming Xbox TV app, any Game Pass Ultimate subscriber will be able to play their favorite Xbox games on a television without any additional hardware other than a controller. In case your TV does not receive support for the app, Microsoft also plans to release streaming hardware devices.
Phil Spencer, executive vice president of games at Microsoft, had already troubled Xbox streaming hardware devices last year. This hardware is likely to materialize in the form of USB sticks or small set-top boxes, providing gamers with a compact xCloud gaming solution without the need for a console.
Microsoft says that all Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will have access to cloud games in the browser in the coming weeks, as long as they use Edge, Chrome, and Safari. The announcement comes just two months after Microsoft’s launch. a beta phase, which also brought xCloud to Apple devices.
According to Microsoft, gamers will soon benefit from shorter load times, improved frame rates and better images in games optimized for Xbox Series X | Yes, as the company is close to completing the upgrade process for its data centers, which will now feature Xbox Series X hardware level.
Later this year, Game Pass Ultimate subscribers in Australia, Brazil, Japan and Mexico will have access to cloud games. In addition, Microsoft also plans to introduce cloud games to the Xbox PC application, which will allow users to test a game before downloading it.
A release date for the Xbox TV app has not yet been set, nor a list of TVs that will support it, but we’ll find out soon.