With E3 just days away, Microsoft announced that it is currently working on an Xbox Game Pass streaming stick and a Game Pass app for smart TVs. These platforms allow customers to play the entire Game Pass library without an Xbox console, as long as their internet is fast enough to handle game streaming.
One of the most exciting things about game streaming is that it can turn any rinkydink device into a dedicated player for AAA games. When Microsoft first announced Xbox Cloud Gaming in 201
As a cloud service, Xbox can escape many trappings of the “console wars,” such as the 7-year console cycle. Game streaming also solves the problem of economic inaccessibility: most families can afford an Xbox streaming stick, and if they can’t, they can still stream games to their smart TV, phone, laptop or tablet.
The only major glitch, aside from internet speeds (which are very slow in the US), is data caps. Popular ISPs like Xfinity impose hard data limits on their customers, which are very easy to exceed when streaming games from the cloud.
While we don’t have a timeline for the Xbox streaming stick or smart TV app, Microsoft says Xbox Cloud Gaming will appear in Chrome, Edge, and Safari browsers in the coming weeks. The service is also coming to iOS via a progressive web app (because Apple doesn’t want game streaming services in the App Store). Those already using Xbox Cloud Gaming should notice a performance boost sometime this month as Microsoft is currently upgrading its data centers.
Source: Microsoft through Ars Technica