Xbox Cloud Gaming is Microsoft’s cloud streaming platform for games. It allows users to play Xbox games on PC, older Xbox consoles, and phone (with other device support in the pipeline). One of the requirements of the platform is the use of a compatible controller. However, Microsoft is now expanding compatibility to allow mouse and keyboard support on Xbox Cloud Gaming.
The main reason why a physical input device is necessary for the platform is because some games do not work with touch controls. Microsoft now wants Xbox Cloud Gaming to appeal to PC gamers who a probably more accustomed to using a keyboard and mouse.
It is worth noting that the support for keyboard and mouse is not available on all games. The announcement for the feature was announced by Jorg Neumann, who leads the Microsoft Flight Simulator team.
Of course, Flight Simulator will receive mouse and keyboard support, but more games will also be included. Neumann was talking in a YouTube Q&A, so did not reveal any specifics of the features. That means we have still not had official confirmation from Microsoft or a date when support goes live.
Of course, to see the difference in Xbox Cloud Gaming, you need to be a subscriber to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. If you are unfamiliar with Cloud Gaming, it allows users to access Xbox Game Pass games on any device, with Microsoft’s Azure handling all the resources.
One of the benefits of the platform is it allows users to play Xbox games without having the latest Xbox Series X or S. Furthermore, Cloud Gaming also allows mobile gameplay of Xbox titles.
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