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What is Xbox CloudGaming? Everything you need to know

If you’ve found yourself wondering just what Xbox Cloud Gaming is, how it all works, and how you can try it out for yourself, we’re here to help. Xbox Cloud Gaming, which was previously known as Project xCloud, is Microsoft’s Cloud-based streaming service that allows you to play games on the go on a variety of supported devices. The only caveat is that you need to have a stable internet connection to get the best performance out of it. Some of the best Xbox Series X games are available to play using the Cloud, along with a host of other titles to try out that are included on Xbox Games Pass. Below, we’ve put together a helpful rundown of everything you need to know about Xbox Cloud Gaming.

What is Xbox CloudGaming?

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Xbox Cloud Gaming allows you to play and access a host of Xbox Game Pass games on a variety of devices. The feature streams the games via the Cloud instead of downloading them directly, so you can pick them up and play them almost instantly just about anywhere as long as you have a stable internet connection. Playing games using this feature also saves you on storage space. Xbox Cloud gaming is supported on Android and Apple phones and tablets, PC, and Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.

How does Xbox Cloud Gaming work?

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When you play a game using Xbox Cloud Gaming, you’re essentially streaming it directly over the internet, which is why you’re able to access them on supported devices so long as you have a stable internet connection. As recommended by Microsoft, the minimum requirement is a 5Ghz Wi-Fi or mobile data connection with speeds of 20 Mbps or higher – a wired connection is the best option for network quality when playing via the Cloud. It’s worth noting that Xbox Cloud Gaming is supported in select regions – you can find a rundown of the regions here.

Where can you access Xbox Cloud Gaming?

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Xbox Cloud Gaming is only available as part of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. As Xbox’s more premium membership tier, the Ultimate subscription costs $14.99 / £10.99 a month and packages together Xbox Live Gold along with access to the library of Xbox Game Pass games. Xbox Cloud Gaming is included in the subscription as an additional feature at no extra cost.

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