Microsoft is testing 1080p (right now Xbox Game Pass cloud gaming is limited to 720p) xCloud streams for Xbox Game Pass. In the absence of being able to make the leap to the new generation of consoles, Microsoft seems to be working on its new titles to continue to reach their players through other methods such as streaming.
xCloud streams will support 1080p
xCloud is looking to catch up with Stadia and GeForce NOW in resolution support. Until now, Microsoft’s game streaming service had been limited to 720p to be more efficient in bandwidth and performance, but unfortunately, that also meant that games couldn’t be enjoyed beyond average resolutions, far from the experience gamers are currently looking for.
However, it seems that Microsoft would finally be looking to put an end to this small disadvantage since the Xbox team is already be finalizing the tests to incorporate this update up to 1080p.
Microsoft is bringing Xbox Game Pass to Windows
That said, this is not the only expected change. Another major update contains the Windows compatibility for xCloud. A really important leap considering the huge number of PCs with existing Windows operating systems.
The service will be able to run on desktops, laptops, or mini-PCs of almost any performance, as long as they have a decent Internet connection. To access the service, users will be able to use the Xbox application itself or the web browser of their choice. Although it will also be compatible with ARM-based Windows devices, such as Microsoft’s Surface Pro X; in addition to providing support for touchscreen controls and gyroscopic sensors.
On the other hand, everything points to the fact that xCloud and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will also be available for iOS, another very important platform to cover, although, for the moment, there’s no news about its possible arrival on macOS. As expected, Microsoft has chosen to run it through browsers without a dedicated app on Apple devices.