Microsoft is getting ready to increase the quality of its Xbox Cloud Gaming technology that will soon make the jump from Android to the web and Windows 10 PCs. According to The Verge, the Xbox Game Streaming app for Windows 10 that the company is testing internally can now stream Project xCloud games at 1080p, which is better than the 720p resolution currently supported by Xbox Cloud Gaming on Android devices.
The new Xbox Game Streaming for Windows 10 leaked a year ago, but it has apparently improved a lot since then. The latest version tested by The Verge supports both Xbox Cloud Gaming (Project xCloud) and Xbox Remote Play, which lets Xbox owners stream any games installed on their consoles. Notably, this app will support game streaming from Microsoft's new Xbox Series X|S consoles, something that isn’t supported with the old Xbox Companion app for Windows 10.
scoop: here's a look at Microsoft's unreleased xCloud app for Windows. This app lets you stream Xbox games from an Xbox Series X / S console, or from xCloud. Full details here: https://t.co/ymyjQDmaeH pic.twitter.com/V3U3PXe7LO
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) February 27, 2021
According to The Verge, the latest version of the Xbox Game Streaming for Windows 10 that Microsoft is testing internally will also support touch controls on PCs, though that isn't yet functional in the leaked version of the app. More and more cloud-enabled games now support touch controls on Android devices, and it will be nice to get the same touch experience on Windows 10 tablets.
We don’t know yet when Microsoft plans to make this Xbox Game Streaming generally available, but Microsoft is reportedly planning a gaming event later this month. "This event is about Microsoft’s vision for the future of gaming, so things like xCloud, Xbox Game Pass, and more ways to access Xbox,”The Verge’s Tom Warren said on Twitter. We'll see what happens, but it's really time for Microsoft to bring Xbox Cloud Gaming devices to more devices through the web and a dedicated Windows 10 app.