A couple of months ago, Project xCloud streaming was built into Xbox Game Pass Ultimate to enable Android users to stream all sorts of Xbox games from the cloud to their mobile devices (this feature is currently unavailable on iOS due to restrictions imposed by Apple).
Xbox chief Phil Spencer confirmed that while mobile was the main focus of the xCloud streaming initiative, PCs and even Xbox consoles will eventually be supported.
WindowsCentral was able to try out a test version of the PC application. Everything seems to work very similarly to what we’ve already seen on the Android platform. However, there is a caveat – the resolution is currently sticking to 720p since the servers that currently provide xCloud streaming are based on Xbox One S hardware. While this isn’t a big problem for small screens like smartphones and tablets, PCs tend to connect to much larger displays where 720p is no longer desired.
This problem will likely go away next year when Microsoft plans to replace the Xbox One S-based server blades with much more powerful Xbox Series X hardware. XCloud streaming resolution should be at least 1080p, if not more; after all, Google Stadia has been offering 4K streaming for a year now, and the upcoming Amazon Luna will “soon” have to support 4K.