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Xbox Cloud Gaming: the way to play Xbox Games without owning an Xbox or a Gaming PC


Since Microsoft acquired top developers like ZeniMax or Activision, and the company's determination to offer excellent content and games from day one such as Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite on Game Pass, Xbox has been more trendy on social media than ever. These two games were the ones that many Xbox fans around the world were expecting even before the Xbox series X|S was available. However, if you do not own an Xbox or a gaming PC with excellent capabilities and would like to play any of these games, there is great news for you.

Microsoft has a service on Game Pass called Xbox cloud gaming that allows anyone to stream games on an Xbox console, mobile, or PC without downloading the game. Therefore, it is not necessary to invest in expensive motherboards, graphic cards, and other essential parts that a gaming PC needs. The only requirement is to have a game pass ultimate subscription, a mobile or a PC device, a high-speed internet connection, and a compatible controller. Having fast internet is crucial to enjoying the service, so I recommend at least 100 Mbps for an excellent and fluid experience.


If you want the best graphics, game details, and performance, you will definitely need the Xbox Series X|S, a gaming PC combined with a gamer TV or a monitor. However, if you want to avoid investing a lot of money and still enjoy some of the best games with decent quality, Cloud gaming is a fantastic option.

If you are new to Game Pass or haven't ever heard about it, the service is a type o Netflix with Over 100 games that you can play at any moment as long as you are subscribed. It is so popular that Sony launched its on version called PS plus extra and premium.

You can subscribe from and get the first month for just $1 / £1.

Game Pass Ultimate is the service that provides cloud gaming to any device, therefore the PC and Console subscription is not recommended.

So what do you need to do?

for Windows 10 or 11 devices:

  1. Windows 10 October 2020 Update or later.

  2. Download the free Xbox app from the Microsoft Store.

  3. Sign in with a Microsoft account.

  4. select cloud gaming.

or, if you want to play from the web browser,

  1. supported browsers, Microsoft Edge & Google Chrome.

  2. Go to and sign in with your Microsoft account.

  3. select cloud gaming.

Cloud gaming on Android devices:

  1. Download the Xbox Game Pass app from the Play store.

  2. Sign in with a Microsoft account.

  3. Select cloud gaming.

Cloud gaming on Apple devices:

  1. Supported browsers, Safari for iOS 14.4 or later.

  2. Go to and sign in with your Microsoft account.

  3. Select cloud gaming.

What controller can you Use?

Cloud gaming requires a compatible controller, and the most recommended ones are the official Xbox controllers or designed for Xbox by partners or Non-Microsoft controllers verified by Microsoft. If you have the Dualshock 4 for the PlayStation 4 it worked for me without any problem using the USB connection and Bluetooth. Also, you can check the official list of supported controllers.

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What are some of the Best Games You Can Stream With Cloud Gaming?

  1. Halo Infinite

  2. Forza Horizon 5

  3. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the definitive edition

  4. Mortal Kombat 11

  5. Doom Eternal

  6. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

  7. Wolfenstein® II: The New Colossus™

  8. Gears 5

  9. STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order™

  10. Halo: The Master Chief Collection

  11. Flight Simulator

Cloud Gaming Pros:

  • A console or a gaming PC isn't necessary.

  • Cloud gaming works on mobiles, PCs, and Xbox consoles.

  • Access to some of the best games from day 1.

  • An excellent list of games and genres.

  • Many controls can be used for cloud gaming

Cloud Gaming Cons:

  • It doesn't have top image quality and performance compared with a game downloaded to an Xbox Series X|S, One, or a gaming PC.

  • Fast internet is essential.

  • Laging can be noticeable for some gamers.

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