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A first look at Microsoft's Web xCloud


Microsoft has begun testing the broadcast of games from its xCloud platform through its web browser.

Sources familiar with Microsoft Xbox told The Verge: Employees are now testing the web version of xCloud before the public preview.

The service allows Xbox players to access their games through the browser and allows the xCloud platform to work on Apple devices, such as iPhone and iPad.

The web version of xCloud is very similar to how xCloud currently works across Android tablets and phones.

The web version includes a simple player with game recommendations, the ability to resume newly played games, and access to all available cloud games through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

After the game is played, it's played in full-screen mode, and you need a control arm to play Xbox games that are streamed across the browser.

It's not immediately clear what accuracy Microsoft broadcasts gaming through this web version.

The software giant uses the Xbox One S server for the current xCloud infrastructure, so full 4K streaming won't be supported until back-end devices are upgraded to Xbox Series X components this year.

plans to assemble this web version of xCloud in the Pc version of the Xbox app via Windows 10 as well.

The web version currently appears to be limited to Chromium browsers, such as Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, similar to Google's Stadia service.

Microsoft is planning a public preview of the xCloud web platform in the spring, and this broader internal test indicates that the preview is getting too close.

The big driver behind this web version is support for iOS and iPadOS devices, where Apple imposes restrictions on iOS applications and cloud services, and Microsoft was unable to support iPhone and iPad devices when xCloud was launched in the Android trial last year.

Apple said that Microsoft needs to send games individually for review, a process that the software giant has described as a bad experience for customers.