Microsoft is finalizing the Xbox Game Streaming app for Windows PCs, which includes access to streaming games through the company’s xCloud service. We managed to access the latest version of the Xbox Game Streaming app for Windows, an unannounced and unreleased app. Once released, the app will allow Windows users to stream games from their Xbox Series S / X consoles and from xCloud.
Currently, you cannot stream games from the new Xbox consoles on Windows PCs because it is not supported in the existing Xbox Console Companion app. This new app will solve that and bring xCloud streaming to Windows PCs for the first time. We looked at that first xCloud App for Windows last yearand it has improved a lot since then.
The Xbox Remote Playback feature to connect to Xbox consoles works similarly to the existing Console Companion. You can remotely activate an Xbox console, sign in, and play games wherever you are.
There’s now full touch support, so Surface or other touchscreen devices can play Xbox games without a controller. Microsoft seems to be preparing some form of gyro support here too. There is an option to enable this, but it doesn’t seem fully functional yet. This is an internal beta application that is not yet finalized.
Microsoft also appears to be preparing 1080p streams for xCloud instead of the 720p that is available today. This would obviously improve the experience on Windows PCs, rather than higher resolutions, once Microsoft did it upgraded its xCloud servers to Xbox Series X hardware.
It is still not clear when this app will be more widely available. Microsoft is Rumor has it that planning should take place A what’s new in games event for next month, so we may find out a lot more about the company’s xCloud plans (for the web and iOSalso) very soon.