(Pocket-lint) – Microsoft has big plans for its xCloud game streaming service, including iOS support and a dedicated PC app. However, if it wants to work on larger screens – such as tablets and monitors – it needs to really consider resolution.
Currently, xCloud games are running at 720p resolution – which is great for a phone screen that’s no bigger than a 6.5-inch, but won’t be able to reduce it to as large as possible. Therefore, the company is expected to test 1080p streaming.
This will align it with Google Stadio (for non-Pro members) and Nvidia GeForce Now. It will also provide more details, especially given that the company is also in the process of migrating its servers from the Xbox One to the Xbox Series X hardware.
The source sent Windows Central a screenshot of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, played in 1920 x 1080 for proof. The site grabbed the same game running through its own xCloud stream to show the difference.
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Hopefully, we’ll see a consumer release of improved streaming technology soon.
In other xCloud news, Tom Warren of The Verge recently saw the aforementioned future Windows app.
scoop: here’s a look at Microsoft’s unpublished xCloud app for Windows. This app allows you to stream Xbox games from the Xbox Series X / S console or from xCloud. All details here: https://t.co/ymyjQDmaeH pic.twitter.com/V3U3PXe7LO
– Tom Warren (@tomwarren) February 27, 2021
In addition to streaming xCloud games, it will also allow users to remotely play games from its Xbox X / S series in its next-generation glory.
Written by Rick Henderson.