Xbox Cloud Gaming: Price, platforms and all you need to know (2023)

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(Pocket-lint) - Microsoft has its own cloud gaming platform.

Called Cloud Gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate - often referred to as Xbox Cloud Gaming - it offers more than 300 Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and original Xbox games to be played on PC, Mac, Chromebook, Samsung Smart TVs, Android and iOS devices over a data connection. Xbox Game Pass members can also use it to play many games on their consoles without having to download them.

Microsoft even hopes to introduce its own streaming stick in the future.

So, here's everything you need to know about the Xbox cloud games service, including what devices are compatible and the available games.

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What is Xbox Cloud Gaming?

Called "Project xCloud" during its earlier days, Xbox Cloud Gaming is Microsoft's game streaming platform. It runs as a complementary service to its Xbox One and Xbox Series X / Series S games consoles and is available in 28 countries as part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership.

It is a streaming service, in that all games are hosted on custom Xbox Series X hardware located at remote servers around the world. Live gameplay video is sent to a compatible device over the internet. In return, controller codes are sent in the other direction so, for all intents and purposes, it feels like you are playing a game loaded on the device itself.

It is not a new idea; there are others on the market, such as Nvidia'sGeForce Now. However, Microsoft's service is not currently a separate offering - it is a no-cost addition to its existing Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership scheme.

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Microsoft believes Cloud Gaming is one of the best game streaming services around because it utlises the firm's enormous network of data centres around the world. This ensures game requests can be served locally rather than across continents, potentially reducing latency by shortening the distance between the end user and the data centre.

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Latency is the enemy of cloud gaming, often adding many milliseconds between button presses and actions performed on screen. And, while that doesn't sound like much, milliseconds are vital when it comes to gaming. Say you press the button to shoot an onrushing enemy, a few milliseconds of latency can be the difference between hitting them and not. Or, in a driving game such as the excellent Forza Horizon 5, the difference between successfully drifting around a corner or ending up wrapped around a tree.

Does that mean my Xbox console will be defunct in future?

Xbox Cloud Gaming is not designed to replace games consoles. Instead, it runs parallel to the company's machines, offering many of the same games and even allowing for save games to be picked up and continued no matter which device you use: mobile, console, PC or even Smart TV.

As it is available as part of the company's Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership scheme, which also includes over 300 games to download to the Xbox One or Xbox Series X/S, 200 games for PC, Xbox Live Gold and EA Play, it is seen very much as an extension to console gaming, not a replacement.

Essentially, Cloud Gaming is an ideal way for you to carry-on your Xbox experience on a portable device, whether you are at home or out and about.

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When and where can I use xCloud?

Cloud Gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is available in 28 countries as a dedicated app for Android devices. Windows PC users can play Cloud Gaming titles through the native Xbox app, and it is also available via a web browser on iOS, Mac and Chromebook. Safari, Chrome and Microsoft's own Edge browser are all supported.

Xbox has also more recently expanded its reach to the latest Samsung TVs - those capable of hosting the Samsung Gaming Hub.

For Android, you need to download the Xbox Game Pass app from Google Play or the Samsung Galaxy Store. You can play cloud games through the app, plus wishlist and even download games to your Xbox console or Windows PC.

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If you want to play through iPhone or iPad, you need to head to xbox.com/play on your device's Safari web browser. You can then create a web app for your homescreen that jumps straight into the service on a single tap. Here are our in-depth instructions on how to get that working: How to play Xbox Cloud Gaming on iPhone and iPad.

Supported iPhones and iPads are below. Others might work, but these are the iOS and iPadOS devices verified by Microsoft.

  • iPad Air (3rd Gen)
  • iPad Air (4th Gen)
  • iPad Pro 11 2nd Gen
  • iPad Mini 5th Gen
  • iPad Mini 6th Gen
  • iPad 8th Gen
  • iPad 9th Gen
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Mini
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max

You can also play directly in a web browser on Mac and Chromebook, although owners of the latter can also install the dedicated Android app on their laptop directly.

To play on a Windows PC, just open the Xbox app and follow the instructions.

Xbox also offers Cloud Gaming accessibility on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S. This allows Xbox One owners to play Xbox Series X versions of games (albeit with restrictions, such as resolution). Xbox Series X/S owners can also play supported games without having to install them first, which saves on storage space.

Among the countries covered are Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, UK and the US. You can see a full list of countries with Cloud Gaming support here.

Many games on Cloud Gaming now feature touch controls. For most though, you will also need a Bluetooth-enabled Xbox One Wireless Controller to play the titles effectively. Xbox also recommends you acquire a phone mount for the controller, unless you are playing using a tablet.

The mount is reasonably inexpensive, however.

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How much does Cloud Gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate cost?

As its full name suggests, Cloud Gaming is free to all those with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. The all-you-can-eat digital download service for Xbox One, Series X/S and Windows, is £10.99 / $14.99 per month.

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What is Xbox Remote Play?

As well as Cloud Gaming, Xbox Remote Play is available. Using the same technology, gamers can use their own Xbox One or Series X/S consoles as a Cloud Gaming server and therefore stream their own games to a portable device.

PlayStation offers something similar in the form of PS4 and PS5 Remote Play, but Xbox Remote Play is different as you aren't restricted to having to be on the same home network, you can also stream over a mobile data connection.

You can find out more about it here.

Xbox Cloud Gaming games list

Here is the current list of all the available games on Cloud Gaming (as of 30 September 2022:

  • 7 Days to Die
  • A Memoir Blue
  • AI: The Somnium Files
  • Aliens: Fireteam Elite
  • Among Us
  • Anvil: Vault Breaker (Game Preview)
  • Aragami 2
  • Archvale
  • ARK: Ultimate Survivor Edition
  • Art of Rally
  • As Dusk Falls
  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey
  • Assassin's Creed Origins
  • Astria Ascending
  • Astroneer
  • Back 4 Blood
  • Backbone
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Banjo-Kazooie: N n B
  • Banjo-Tooie
  • Bassmaster Fishing 2022
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • Battlefield 1 Revolution
  • Battlefield 4
  • Battlefield V
  • Battletoads
  • Beacon Pines
  • Before We Leave
  • Ben 10: Power Trip
  • Beseige Console (Game Preview)
  • Black Desert
  • Bleeding Edge
  • Blinx: The Time Sweeper
  • Bloodroots
  • Breathedge
  • Bridge Constructor Portal
  • Broken Age
  • Bugsnax
  • Chinatown Detective Agency
  • Chorus
  • Cities Skylines - Xbox One Edition
  • Citizen Sleeper
  • ClusterTruck
  • Coffee Talk
  • Commandos 3 - HD Remaster
  • Conan Exiles
  • Contrast
  • Cooking Simulator
  • Crackdown 3
  • Cricket 22
  • Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
  • CrossfireX: Operating Catalyst
  • Crown Trick
  • Crusader Kings III
  • Dandy Ace
  • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc Anniversary Edition
  • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Anniversary Edition
  • Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony Anniversary Edition
  • DayZ
  • DC League of Super-Pets: The Adventures of Krypto and Ace
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Dead Cells
  • Dead Space
  • Death's Door
  • Deathloop
  • Deeeer Simulator: Your Average Everyday Deer Game
  • Deep Rock Galactic
  • Descenders
  • Despoot's Game
  • Destroy All Humans!
  • Dicey Dungeons
  • Dirt 5
  • Disc Room
  • Dishonored Definitive Edition
  • Dishonored 2
  • Dishonored: Death of the Outsider
  • Disney Dreamlight Valley
  • Disneyland Adventures
  • DJMax Respect V
  • Donut County
  • Doom (2016)
  • Doom (1993)
  • Doom 3
  • Doom 64
  • Doom Eternal
  • Doom II (Classic)
  • Double Dragon Neon
  • Dragon Age Origins
  • Dragon Age 2
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • DRagon Ball FighterZ
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2
  • Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Definitive Edition
  • Dreamscaper
  • Echo Generation
  • Edge of Eternity
  • Eiyunden Chronicle: Rising
  • Embr
  • Empire of Sin
  • Escape Academy
  • Evil Genius 2: World Domination
  • Exo One
  • F1 2021
  • Fabe Anninversary
  • Fable II
  • Fable III
  • Fae Tactics
  • Fallout 3
  • Fallout 4
  • Fallout 76
  • Fallout: New Vegas
  • Far Cry 5
  • FAR: Changing Tides
  • Farming Simulator 22
  • Firewatch
  • Floppy Knights
  • Football Manager 2022: Xbox Edition
  • For Honor: Marching Fire Edition
  • Forager

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  • Forza Horizon 4
  • Forza Horizon 5
  • Frostpunk: Console Edition
  • Fuga: Melodies of Steel
  • Fusion Frenzy
  • Gang Beasts
  • Garden Story
  • Gears 5: Game of the Year Edition
  • Gears of War 2
  • Gears of War 3
  • Gears of War 4
  • Gears of War: Judgment
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition
  • Gears Tactics
  • Generation Zero
  • Genesis Noir
  • Goat Simulator
  • Going Under
  • Golf with Your Friends
  • Gorogoa
  • Grounded
  • Halo 5: Guardians
  • Halo Infinite
  • Halo Wars: Definitive Edition
  • Halo Wars 2
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  • Hardspace Shipbreaker
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Hitman Trilogyr
  • Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition
  • House Flipper
  • Human Fall Flat
  • Immortal Reams: Vampire Wars
  • Immortality
  • Immortals Fenyx Rising
  • Infernax
  • Injustice 2
  • Inside
  • Into the Pit
  • It Takes Two
  • Jetpac Refuelled
  • Joy Ride Turbo
  • Jurassic World Evolution 2
  • Just Cause 4: Reloaded
  • Kameo
  • Jentuky Route Zero: TV Edition
  • Kill It With Fire
  • Killer Instinct DE
  • Kraken Academy!!
  • Lake
  • Lawn Mowing Simulator
  • Lemnis Gate
  • Let's Build a Zoo
  • Life is Strange: True Colors
  • Little Witch in the Woods (Game Preview)
  • Lonely Mountains: Downhill
  • Loot River
  • Lost in Random
  • Maneater
  • Marvel's Avengers
  • Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda
  • Mass Effect: Legendary Edition
  • Matchpoint - Tennis Championships
  • MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries
  • Metal: Hellsinger
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator: Game of the Year Edition
  • Middle Earth: Shadow of War
  • Midnight Fight Express
  • Mind Scanners
  • Minecraft Dungeons
  • Mirror's Edge Catalyst
  • MLB The Show 22
  • Monster Sanctuary
  • Monster Train
  • Moonglow Bay
  • Moonlighter
  • Moonscars
  • Mortal Kombat 11
  • Mortal Shell: Enhanced Edition
  • MotoGP 22
  • My Friend Pedro
  • My Friend Peppa Pig
  • My Time At Portia
  • Narkaa: Bladepoint
  • Need for Speed Heat
  • Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered
  • Neoverse
  • New Super Lucky’s Tale
  • Next Space Rebels
  • NieR:Automata
  • No no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered
  • Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge
  • Ninja Gaiden Σ
  • Ninja Gaiden Σ2
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  • No Man’s Sky
  • Nobody Saves the World
  • Nongunz: Doppelganger Edition
  • Nuclear Throne
  • Oblivion
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Olija
  • Omori
  • One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4
  • One Step From Eden
  • Opus: Echo of Starsong - Full Bloom Edition
  • Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps
  • Outer Wilds
  • Outriders
  • Overcooked! 2
  • Pac-Man Museum+
  • Paradise Killer
  • Paw Patrol Mighty Pups Save Adventure Bay
  • Paw Patrol The Movie: Adventure City Calls
  • Paw Patrol: Grand Prix
  • Peggle 2
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Phoenix Point
  • Pikuniku
  • Pillars of Eternity: Complete Edition
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire - Ultimate Edition
  • Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville
  • Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)
  • Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid
  • PowerWash Simulator
  • Prey
  • Prodeus
  • Project WIngman
  • Psychonauts
  • Psychonauts 2
  • Pupperazzi
  • Quake Remastered
  • Race with Ryan
  • Rage
  • Rage 2
  • Recompile
  • Record of Lodoss War-Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth
  • ReCore: Definitive Edition
  • Research and Destroy
  • Ring of Pain
  • Road 96
  • Rubber Bandits
  • Rush: A DisneyPixar Adventure
  • Sable
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Second Extinction (Game Preview)
  • Secret Neighbor
  • Serious Sam 4
  • Shadowrun Returns
  • Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut
  • Shadorun: Hong Kong - Extended Edition
  • Shredders
  • Skate (2007)
  • Skate 3
  • Skul: The Hero Slayer
  • Slay the Spire
  • Slime Rancher
  • Slime Rancher 2 (Game Preview)
  • Sniper Elite 4
  • Sniper Elite 5
  • SnowRunner
  • Solasta: Crown of the Magister
  • Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator
  • Spacelines from the Far Out
  • Spelunky 2
  • SpiderHeck
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Star Wars Battlefront II
  • Star Wars: Squadrons
  • Stardew Valley

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  • State of Decay 2: Juggernaut Edition
  • Stellaris: Console Edition
  • Subnautica
  • Subnautica: Below Zero
  • Super Mega Baseball 3
  • Superliminal
  • Supraland
  • Surgeon Simulator 2
  • Tainted Grail: Conquest
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge
  • Tell Me Why Episode 1 – 3
  • Telling Lies
  • Terraria
  • The Anacrusis (Game Preview)
  • The Ascent
  • The Bard’s Tale IV: Directors Cut
  • The Bard’s Tale Remastered and Resnarkled
  • The Bard’s Tale Trilogy
  • The Dungeon of Naheulbeuk: The Amulet of Chaos - Chicken Edition
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition
  • The Evil Within
  • The Evil Within 2
  • The Forgotten City
  • The Good Life
  • The Gunk
  • The Last Kids on Earth and the Staff of Doom
  • The Long Dark
  • The Outer Worlds
  • The Pedestrian
  • The Procession to Cavary
  • The Riftbreaker
  • The Sims 4
  • The Walking Dead: A New Frontier (Episodes 1 - 5)
  • The Walking Dead: Michonne
  • The Walking Dead: Season Two
  • The Walking Dead: The Complete First Season
  • TheHunter: Call of the Wild
  • This War of Mine: Final Cut
  • Tinykin
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege - Deluxe Edtion
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands
  • Tom Clancy's rainbow Six Extraction
  • Torment: Tides of Numenera
  • Totally Accurate Battle Simulator
  • Totally Reliable Delivery Service
  • Townscaper
  • Trailmakers
  • Train Sim World 3
  • Transformers Battleground
  • Trek to Yomi
  • Tropico 6
  • Tunic
  • Turbo Golf Racing (Game Preview)
  • Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion
  • Two Point Campus
  • Umurangi Generation Special Edition
  • Undertale
  • Undungeon
  • Unpacking
  • Unravel Two
  • Unsighted
  • Unsouled
  • Visage
  • Viva Piñata
  • Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise
  • Warhammer 40,000: Battlesector
  • Wasteland Remastered
  • Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut
  • Wasteland 3
  • Watch Dogs 2

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  • We Happy Few
  • Weird West
  • Windjammers 2
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • Wolfenstein: The Old Blood
  • Wolfenstein: YoungBlood
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
  • Worms W.M.D
  • Wreckfest
  • Yakuza 0
  • Yakuza 3 Remastered
  • Yakuza 4 Remastered
  • Yakuza 5 Remastered
  • Yakuza 6: The Song of Life
  • Yakuza Kiwami
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon
  • You Suck at Parking
  • Young Souls
  • Zero Escape: The Nonary Games
  • Zombie Army 4: Dead War

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FAQs

What specs do I need for cloud gaming? ›

Hardware Requirements
  • Dual core x86-64 CPU with 2.0GHz or faster.
  • 4GB of system memory.
  • GPU that at least supports DirectX 11. NVIDIA GeForce 600 series or newer. If you are using a GTX 800m series, please read this knowledge base article. AMD Radeon HD 3000 series or newer. Intel HD Graphics 2000 series or newer.

Do I need a console for Xbox Cloud Gaming? ›

No, you won't need a console to game through the Xbox app. You'll use your Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership to play cloud-enabled games on your TV, the same way you use cloud gaming on your PC, laptop or smartphone. The Samsung TV integration is one of the easiest ways to play Xbox games without an Xbox console.

What devices support Xbox Cloud Gaming? ›

Xbox Cloud Gaming works with any Android phone or tablet that has at least Android 6.0 and Bluetooth 4.0. Examples of supported devices include the Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e, the OnePlus 8 and the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Can my PC run Xbox Cloud Gaming? ›

Xbox Cloud Gaming: Requirements

Windows computers require at least version 10 of the operating system. Android devices require at least version 6.0. Apple users can use xCloud with iOS 14.4 or higher.

How fast internet do I need for Xbox cloud? ›

To play Xbox console games from the cloud on your device, you'll need high-speed internet connection (ISP fees apply). Best performance will be achieved at rates of 10 Mbps on mobile devices, 20 Mbps on consoles, PCs and tablets and 5Ghz WiFi or mobile data connection.

How fast internet do I need for cloud gaming? ›

Here's what we recommend to play games online: A download speed of at least 5 Mbps. An upload speed of at least 3 Mbps. A latency of less than 100 ms.

Why is cloud gaming so laggy? ›

It doesn't matter how fast your internet is if something else is using up the bandwidth. Latency issues can be caused by too many people using your network, while your device may also be downloading things you don't know about. Pause or stop any applications that may be using bandwidth.

How much does it cost for Xbox Cloud Gaming? ›

As its full name suggests, Cloud Gaming is free to all those with an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription. The all-you-can-eat digital download service for Xbox One, Series X/S and Windows, is £10.99 / $14.99 per month.

Which is the best cloud gaming service? ›

Best cloud gaming services: GeForce Now vs. Xbox Cloud Gaming and more
  1. GeForce Now – Best cloud gaming service overall. Pros. Very smooth and responsive experience. ...
  2. Xbox Cloud Gaming – Best value. Pros. ...
  3. Amazon Luna – Best casual experience. Pros. ...
  4. Playstation Plus – Up and comer. Pros.
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How much mobile data does Xbox Cloud Gaming use? ›

Data requirement: Xbox Game Pass cloud gaming

With 720p resolution at 60Hz, the game won't rob you of much data. According to reports, the gameplay sessions are generally around 590 MB, which is like 5.2Mbps or 2.36GB an hour or so.

Why do I need a controller for Xbox Cloud Gaming? ›

As it currently stands, players streaming games to their PC can't actually use their computer's main peripheral with the service, having to source a compatible controller before they can play any of its games.

Can I use any controller for Xbox Cloud Gaming? ›

When cloud gaming on an Xbox console, any wired or wireless controller that is compatible with an Xbox console will work for cloud gaming on console.

Is Xbox Cloud Gaming in 4K? ›

Xbox Cloud Gaming: stream quality and performance

That means you won't be able to stream games at a higher 1440p or 4K resolution, but 1080p is more than serviceable on the smaller screens you'll likely be making use of for Xbox Cloud Gaming, be that a smartphone or tablet screen.

What resolution is Xbox Cloud Gaming? ›

If you're an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate member, you have access to over a hundred titles on your console that are playable right away with cloud gaming. Look for the cloud icon on games. Installing a game ensures you get the full Xbox console experience that includes features like native 4K screen resolution.

Does Xbox Cloud Gaming use GPU? ›

Your hardware just needs to be able to support and sustain a constant high-definition video stream. Some of the most common GPU-based cloud gaming services available include Microsoft's XBox Cloud Gaming service xCloud, GeForce now, Shadow, PlayStation, Amazon Luna and Vortex.

Is 300 Mbps good for cloud gaming? ›

Yes, 300 Mbps is good for one of the best gaming experience possible in almost all cases. You can even stream 4K on Netflix and still have no issues with your online games with those speeds.

Does Xbox cloud use a lot of data? ›

So exactly how much data does xCloud Xbox game streaming use? In our testing, we found it would use about 3GB per hour, no matter what title we played. For comparison, Netflix's automatic mode on mobile only uses 250MB per hour. That's twelve times more data.

Is 100 Mbps enough for cloud gaming? ›

For the major cloud gaming services, like Google Stadia, Nvidia's GeForce Now, Sony's PlayStation Now, and Microsoft's xCloud, you want an internet connection speed of around 15 megabits per second (xCloud requires at least 10 Mbps) to be able to stream games to your screen at 720p resolution.

Is 900 Mbps good for gaming? ›

Online Gaming:

In theory, things would still work on more than 100 devices at the same time when using a 900Mbps broadband connection. In reality, however, you might reach the limit of your home wi-fi network, which can start slowing down when you have lots of devices connected at the same time.

Is 4G Enough for cloud gaming? ›

While you can technically use a 4G mobile plan to stream games via Xbox Cloud Gaming, we'd advise using a 5G mobile plan instead. Why? If you're in an area with 5G coverage, 5G mobile plans have faster download speeds and lower latency than 4G, which makes for a smoother gameplay experience.

How do I optimize my Xbox cloud for gaming? ›

Move your Xbox One console or Windows 10 device closer to your wireless router. The closer your Xbox One console and device are to your router, the better the connection. Choose a central place for your wireless router. Walls, floors, and metal objects all can cause interference.

Does cloud gaming require a good PC? ›

Using any PC you have at home you could stream a game just like you would a TV show on Netflix and play it immediately. That means a powerful PC is no longer needed to do the heavy lifting. Using Shadow, you can instantly transform just about any laptop, Mac, smartphone or tablet into a powerful gaming device.

Does cloud gaming need RAM? ›

RAM is important for gaming and streaming because it allows you to store more data and access it more quickly. This can be helpful when you're trying to load large files or run complex applications. Having more RAM can also help improve your overall system performance.

How much RAM is needed for xCloud? ›

RAM: At least 4 GB. Network: A wired Ethernet connection works best for game streaming. If possible, connect both your PC and your Xbox One console to your router using network cables.

Is cloud gaming slow? ›

The problem with cloud gaming is that it doesn't always work properly. The biggest issue that people face is latency. If it isn't low enough, even the best of games can be rendered unplayable.

What is the cheapest cloud gaming? ›

Honorable Mentions
  • Google Stadia – This service supports game streaming at 4K resolution at 60FPS. ...
  • Amazon Luna – A promising contender at just $6 a month, which makes it the cheapest option in this entire article.
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How much WIFI Does cloud gaming use? ›

10–25 Mbps, depending on your target resolution. Cloud gaming is already a thing (you might have heard of PlayStation Now, by chance?), you know.

How much internet does Xbox Cloud Gaming use? ›

Data requirement: Xbox Game Pass cloud gaming

With 720p resolution at 60Hz, the game won't rob you of much data. According to reports, the gameplay sessions are generally around 590 MB, which is like 5.2Mbps or 2.36GB an hour or so.

Which cloud gaming is free? ›

Best Free Cloud Gaming Service: NVIDIA GeForce NOW

Steam, the Epic Games Store, Ubisoft Connect, and more are all supported, although not every game in their catalogs is compatible with GeForce NOW.

Which is the best cloud gaming service? ›

Best cloud gaming services: GeForce Now vs. Xbox Cloud Gaming and more
  1. GeForce Now – Best cloud gaming service overall. Pros. Very smooth and responsive experience. ...
  2. Xbox Cloud Gaming – Best value. Pros. ...
  3. Amazon Luna – Best casual experience. Pros. ...
  4. Playstation Plus – Up and comer. Pros.
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Do you need WIFI for Xbox Cloud Gaming? ›

Xbox Cloud Gaming: Configuring your home internet

While you can play games using 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, 5GHz is recommended. The general rule of thumb with Wi-Fi frequencies is that 2.4GHz generally offers a better range, while 5GHz offers better speed.

Is 32GB RAM good for gaming and streaming? ›

More RAM provides a better quality stream but 16GB is just the right amount for most streamers. 32GB of RAM is overkill unless you have a need for it. The only reasons you may need more memory is if you are going to stream in 4K or plan on modding.

Is Xbox Cloud Gaming in 4K? ›

Xbox Cloud Gaming: stream quality and performance

That means you won't be able to stream games at a higher 1440p or 4K resolution, but 1080p is more than serviceable on the smaller screens you'll likely be making use of for Xbox Cloud Gaming, be that a smartphone or tablet screen.

Is 16GB enough for gaming and streaming? ›

For games like Fortnite, Warzone, CSGO, and other popular multiplayer games, 16GB of RAM should be safe for streaming. If you want your RAM to be relevant for at least the next five years, you should aim to get at least a total of 32GB RAM.

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Name: Merrill Bechtelar CPA

Birthday: 1996-05-19

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