Get a Look at How Microsoft's xCloud Works on 5G

Our own initial experience with Microsoft's xCloud game streaming program has been a positive one and we've tested it out across WiFi, 5G, and LTE.

By Logan Moore

August 11, 2020

At long last, Microsoft is finally letting the general public go hands-on with its new game streaming service known as xCloud. Starting today, those with a subscription to Xbox Game Pass can begin checking out xCloud before it formally launches next month on September 15 in certain countries around the globe. Fortunately, we’ve previously had access to the service and can now share with you our early impressions of how it works.

Our resident Video Manager, Mario Rivera, has been in the private beta for xCloud for quite some time now and has been able to test how Microsoft’s game streaming platform functions. In our new video, which you can see below, Mario was able to give xCloud a whirl on a few different services which included WiFi, LTE, and 5G. He was also able to try out games of varying genres which included the like of Halo 5Forza, and Gears of War.

Based on Mario’s own time with xCloud, WiFi seems to be the best route to go down for the most stable connection. LTE and 4G connections, on the other hand, still allows for games to be streamed through your mobile device, but the result isn’t desirable by any means. And even though 5G has yet to release in a wide-capacity, Mario found that the upcoming advancement of the cellular network performs remarkably with xCloud. Even if most don’t have 5G access just yet, it seems like games could be easily playable via the network in the future.

We should have a whole lot more on xCloud in the future as it starts to slowly roll out, but for now, it seems like the service could be worth getting excited about. And if you’re looking to pick up a new phone that will be compatible with the platform, here are the four best that we think you should look into.

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Logan Moore is the Managing Editor around these parts and enjoys the video game Super Mario Odyssey.

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