Microsoft testing browser-based Xbox Cloud Streaming

Internal testing is underway.

Microsoft is currently testing a browser-based version of its Xbox Cloud Streaming (aka xCloud) service with internal employees, a new report from The Verge has revealed.

The outlet reports the browser-based solution — meant to work around limitations placed upon Microsoft by Apple — basically presents as a separate launcher over PC that comes with “recommendations for games, the ability to resume recently play titles, and access to all the cloud games” available through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. On PC, games can be played in fullscreen once launched.

When it comes to mobile devices, the service “appears to be currently limited to Chromium browsers”, meaning applications like Chrome and Microsoft Edge will be compatible with the service. Testing by non-employees is scheduled for later this year.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Cloud Streaming (or Xbox Cloud Streaming, or xCloud) isn’t officially available in Australia as yet, but a limited preview program is currently underway on Android devices. You can read up on how we’ve found the preview here.

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