The integration of Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud) on consoles is taking a very important step for the future. Some Xbox Insider Program users in the Alpha Skip-Ahead and Alpha groups can now access cloud games directly from the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate section on Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S.
This feature will allow Xbox console owners to play the more than 100 titles included in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate without downloading them, that is, via streaming. Although, of course, it will also serve to test them in case they want to download or buy them later.
The xCloud integration into Microsoft’s consoles is completely subtle. It will appear in the classic Store screen where you can check the available games. Those that are compatible with its execution in the cloud will show the option “Play” next to “Install”.
Microsoft will support xCloud streams with 1080p resolution at 60 FPS. But it will require a good internet connection. From Xbox they recommend some 15 Mbps downstream to run the service in standard quality, that is, at 720p. As you can see, this service is not intended to be enjoyed on 4K televisions, at least not at this time.
But it can be an excellent alternative to play exclusive titles of the next generation consoles on Xbox One and its variants. For example, the highly rated Microsoft Flight Simulator and The Medium.
Dive into the Xbox Insider Program to try xCloud on consoles
However, as mentioned at the beginning, this possibility is only available to members of the Insider Program in specific groups (rings) that have a subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. If you want to become a tester, with the risks that this entails, you can do it by following these steps:
Login to Microsoft Store on your console. Search “Insider” and select the Xbox Insider Bundle.Choose Get or Install.
This will install both the Xbox Insider Hub and the “Report a problem” app.
Then enroll your console in an update preview ring.
Opens Xbox Insider Hub .Choose Previews .Choose Preview of the Xbox update on the list Available .Press Join .Choose a “Group” that meets the current requirements above and select “Done.” Read the Terms and Conditions to participate in the preview and then select Accept.
Once you are a member, your console will ask you for an update. If you want, you can manually search for it in Settings> System> Updates.