Microsoft to Bring 1080p Streams to Cloud Gaming?

Microsoft to Bring 1080p Streams to Cloud Gaming?

Microsoft has been reported as testing 1080p streaming resolution for the Xbox Game Pass Cloud Gaming service. A source has leaked images of Hellblade running via xCloud at 1080p resolution.

Currently, xCloud gaming streams only work up to 720p. Earlier rumours have pointed to the fact that Microsoft has been planning to upgrade its cloud streaming service from Xbox One to Series X architecture at some point this year. Add that to the rumours of an upcoming public preview of the web version of the service, and the news does seem quite believable.

Microsoft to Bring 1080p Streams to Cloud Gaming?
Xbox Game Pass | Source: Wikipedia

The leaked images show Hellblade running at a resolution of 1920×1080 and is compared to another image showing the same game at 1280×720. The upgrade and revamped architecture will bring the streaming service at par with competitors such as Google Stadia, Amazon Luna, and GeForce Now.

The web version of the xCloud service will allow Xbox players to access their games on mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad. As of now, it only runs on Google Chromes and Microsoft Edge. The reason for the web version of the service was mainly due to Apple’s strict iOS apps and cloud services policies.

Microsoft would have had to submit each game individually for review, which would have broken the xCloud formula of having all games available on one platform. In addition, Apple would also take a 30% cut of in-app (in-game) purchases for each and every game.

Microsoft to Bring 1080p Streams to Cloud Gaming?
Microsoft | Source: Microsoft

Recent rumours have also stated that Microsoft will be holding an event on the 23rd of March focused on its acquisition of ZeniMax. Will we also get a glimpse of the new resolutions planned for xCloud? We’ll have to wait and see, but one thing is for certain; Cloud Gaming is growing by leaps and bounds!

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