Microsoft is exploring Xbox Game Pass streaming at 1080p

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There are signs of a remote PC play update, too.

The 720p resolution for Xbox Game Pass cloud streaming (aka xCloud) is good on the tablet, but that’s obviously not going to cut it when it comes to PCs and iPads. Luckily, the resolution bump seems to be in order. Windows Central and The Verge also state that Microsoft is checking 1080p streams. It’s not sure how widespread the testing is or how quickly you’ll see the update, but this will be a massive boost to the standard of the big screen gamers.

Simultaneous leakage of the revamped Xbox Game Streaming app for Windows also reveals how the software can handle more players. It is claimed to provide support for touch and gyro (motion) input, making it more feasible to remotely play Xbox games on tablets like the Surface line when you don’t have a gamepad.

Both the 1080p test and the new app are early, and it’s not clear when any of them would turn up. Microsoft is rumoured to have a gaming event planned for March, but there is no guarantee that either update will be ready at that time. It’s easy, though, to see Microsoft moving forwards. Cloud gaming and remote play work better if you don’t have to think about your computer options or picture quality—they wouldn’t be commonplace after that, but they’d be close enough to give more people a try.

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