2 min read
27 Dec

Get ready, gamers! Meta and Microsoft have finally delivered on their promise, beaming Xbox Cloud Gaming and the Game Pass library straight onto your Quest headset. With a Game Pass Ultimate sub and a trusty gamepad, you can now transform your Quest into a giant virtual screen for flatscreen adventures.

The Xbox Cloud Gaming app has landed on Quest 2, 3, and Pro, granting Ultimate subscribers instant access to most of the Game Pass library. No downloads, just hop in and play – all on a massive virtual screen hovering in your living room.

One catch: those slick Quest controllers won't cut it. Xbox games need more buttons than they offer. You'll need a supported gamepad, like an Xbox One S/X controller, a PS4 or PS5 pad, or some newer Xbox One models. Check out the near-complete compatibility list here (https://support.xbox.com/en-US/help/games-apps/cloud-gaming/cloud-gaming-tested-controllers). 

Microsoft also recommends an internet connection of at least 20Mbps to keep things smooth.

Is it a Game Changer?

Playing Xbox games on a virtual canvas through your Quest is undoubtedly cool, but is it actually the ultimate setup? Xbox Cloud Gaming already lives on your PC, smart TV, and even your phone. Compared to a fancy TV's crisp visuals, wearing a headset, and the Quest's 2-3 hour battery life, Quest gaming might feel more like a novelty than a revolution.Still, having access to a vast library of games directly through your headset is a massive win, even if it requires an extra controller purchase. Plus, who wouldn't want to battle aliens or race cars while floating in their living room?For now, both Microsoft and Meta call this a "beta" release, leaving future changes a bit murky. One thing's for sure: the future of gaming just got a little more virtual, and a lot more portable. 

The article was written by Amit Caesar AND BARD

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