Microsoft is finalizing its Xbox Game Streaming application for Windows computers, which includes access to streaming games from the company’s xCloud service. We were able to access the latest version of the Xbox Game Streaming app for Windows, an unpublished and unreleased app. Once released, the app will allow Windows users to stream games from their Xbox Series S / X and xCloud consoles.
Currently, you can’t stream games from the new Xbox consoles to Windows computers because it’s not supported in the existing Xbox Console Companion. This new application will solve this and will also provide xCloud streaming on Windows computers for the first time. We first looked at this xCloud app for Windows last year and it has improved a lot since then.
The Xbox Remote Play feature for connecting to Xbox consoles works similarly to what the existing Companion console does. You can remotely wake up an Xbox console, log in and play games wherever you are.
There is now full touch support, allowing Surface or other touch devices to play Xbox games without a controller. Microsoft also seems to be preparing some form of gyroscope support here as well. There is an option to activate this, but it does not seem to be fully functional yet. This is an internal beta application, so it̵
Microsoft also seems to be preparing 1080p streams for xCloud, instead of the 720p that exists today. This would obviously improve the experience of Windows computers before higher resolutions after Microsoft upgraded its xCloud servers to include Xbox Series X hardware.
It is not yet clear when exactly this app will be more widely available. Microsoft is rumored to be planning a “what’s new for games” event for next month, so we may soon hear a lot more about xCloud’s plans (for the web and iOS as well).