xCloud: what is and how the game streaming service works

Microsoft launched, this Thursday (30), the Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud) throughout Brazil. The service, which allows playing via the cloud on mobile phones, tablets and computers, is available at no additional cost to all Game Pass Ultimate subscribers.

O Voxel he even spoke with Microsoft executives to learn a little more about the service. And now that everyone can enjoy a game even with 4G mobile on public transport, we’ve produced a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) to answer users’ questions.

Check below a compilation of information that the newsroom has prepared for you, who still do not know whether or not to subscribe to the service.

Do I need an Xbox to get a Game Pass?

You don’t need an Xbox console to sign up for the Game Pass. The subscription can be linked to a personal account that does not require any verification from a console or even a PC.

What devices does xCloud run on?

Officially, xCloud is available to run natively on Android tablets/phones (via Xbox app and browser), iOS (via browser) and Windows computers (Xbox app and browser) and Mac (browser).

In addition, the report tested the service and found that it works on Fire TV Stick (with a lot of lag) and Edge on Xbox Series X/S. In the case of Edge on Xbox One, the service also showed a lot of lag, for example.

What browsers does xCloud run on?

Officially, xCloud runs natively on Microsoft Edge. However, the report also tested the platform on Firefox, where a support error message appeared. Despite the error message, the game ran (but without sound).

We also tested the service on Google Chrome, where we didn’t get an error message, but the games just didn’t run. The same thing happened with Opera. In other words, the best thing to do is to use Edge to run the games itself (whether on tablets, cell phones or computer), since in other software there is a good chance of not working or running with problems.

Do I need control to play on mobile/tablet?

No control is needed to play on mobile/tablet, for example, as many games are adapted for the touchscreen. Despite this, the cell phone also supports controls, in case the user wants a slightly better experience. The joystick can be important as not all games have been adapted for the touchscreen yet.

Do I need control to play computer games?

Yes, to play xCloud on your computer you need a controller. The cloud gaming service doesn’t work with mouse and keyboard, which even generated a bit of complaints from players.

How much does my internet need to run xCloud?

According to Microsoft, the user is required to have a minimum connection of 10 Mbps (megabits per second) to be able to run xCloud games. Furthermore, it is also possible to play games with a 4G internet and a Wi-Fi signal (preferably 5Ghz).

According to the company, if a person can watch videos on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+ or any other streaming movies and series, they will also be able to run xCloud.


What controls work in xCloud?

Microsoft has released a list showing the controls that work on the service. Among them are the official Xbox controls, as well as partner and verified joysticks. A curiosity is that DualShock 4 can also be used to play.

Check out the list of brands whose controls work on the service below.

  • 8BitDo
  • Backbone
  • Ipega
  • MUCH
  • PowerA
  • Razer
  • SteelSeries

How many games are available?

The Brazilian xCloud library currently has more than 300 games. Among them are names like:

  • Marvel’s Avengers
  • Scarlet Nexus
  • Sable
  • Aragami 2
  • Surgeon Simulator 2
  • Yakuza 0
  • World War Z
  • The Sims 4
  • The Medium
  • The Evil Within (1 e 2)
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition

How many games are available with touchscreen on mobile/tablet?

The Brazilian xCloud library currently provides around 99 games with support for touchscreen control on mobile phones and tablets. Among these games are:

  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
  • Hello Neighbor
  • Halo: Spartan Assault
  • Minecraft Dungeons
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Outlast 2
  • Overcooked! 2
  • Hades
  • Fable III
  • Dead Cells
  • Banjo-Kazooie


What do I need to do to use xCloud?

To play games from the cloud, you must have a valid subscription to the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate service. It can be signed through Microsoft’s own website.

What is the price of xCloud?

xCloud is not an individually subscribed service as it is part of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate service benefit package. And the Game Pass Ultimate is costing, this Thursday, September 30, values ​​of:

  • Monthly Subscription on the Microsoft website: R$ 44.99 (the first month for only R$ 5)
  • 3-month gift card: from R$134.99 (online retailers)
  • 12-month gift-card: from R$199 (online retailers)

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So, are there any questions left? What did you think about the arrival of xCloud in Brazil? Leave your opinion in the comments section below!

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