Xbox Game Pass members will soon be able to stream games that are not included in the subscription service as Microsoft expands the functionality of Xbox Cloud Gaming.
Included with every Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, Xbox Cloud Gaming lets you stream titles to your Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC. You can currently only stream select titles from your Xbox Game Pass library, but Microsoft announced earlier this year that it would expand the streaming service to support games outside of that limited pool.
“We are excited to share that, later this year, it is our intention to launch the ability for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members to play, from the cloud, select games they already own or have purchased outside of the Xbox Game Pass library,” said the Xbox. Wire editor Will Tuttle said On the edge (opens in new tab).
It looks like the feature is rolling out sooner rather than later, as the Xbox Cloud Gaming logo has recently appeared on the store pages of a number of non-Game Pass titles. twitter (opens in new tab) user @Knoebelbroet saw Elden Ring and GTA 5 with a cloud game badge, as did u/WarmanOfSwords in reddit (opens in new tab). twitter (opens in new tab) User Wesley72745610, meanwhile, noticed the logo in Red Dead Redemption 2, The Witcher 3, Dark Souls 3, and more.
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The logos have since been removed, but their appearance suggests that Microsoft is getting ready to add the titles to the streaming platform soon. Now it’s August, Microsoft has just four months to live up to its promise and release the new feature before the end of the year.
When the expanded service starts, it could be a game changer. The titles mentioned above are some of the biggest releases of recent years, and having the option to play them in the cloud makes them much more accessible to PC gamers. You won’t need a high-end device equipped with the best graphics card to play them. Instead, you can buy the console games, redeem them through your Microsoft account, and start streaming on any old rusty PC. That’s potentially a big savings.
It should also save you from having to wait for your most anticipated games to arrive on Game Pass. Beloved giants like GTA 5 are unlikely to come to Microsoft’s subscription platform, but this new and improved Xbox Cloud Gaming should let you stream on your PC anyway. Microsoft has yet to announce which games will be steamable, but the ones seen by Twitter detectives above suggest a wide selection.
However, don’t expect all your gaming problems to evaporate overnight. You’ll still need to buy the game, subscribe to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and most importantly, have a reliable internet connection capable of streaming. Xbox Cloud Gaming does not yet support mouse and keyboard, only allowing to stream games that can be played with a controller. That should change in the future, however, as Microsoft is currently working on adding support for the PC peripheral.