Microsoft’s Xbox cloud gaming service, xCloud, is getting some upgrades in the near future. The company has started encouraging developers to add mouse and keyboard support to more of their xCloud-compatible games and reduce the service’s latency, Microsoft said during its Xbox Game Streaming discussion at xFest.
The mouse and keyboard support feature hasn’t made it to xCloud’s PC users yet. But Microsoft says developers can now start adding support for their games, this way the feature will be enabled on Xbox Cloud Gaming once it’s available.
Part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions, Xbox Cloud Gaming allows gamers to stream Xbox games on mobile, PC, and some TVs. While not every title in the Game Pass library is compatible with xCloud, there are dozens of titles on the list that players from both Microsoft and third parties can stream.
Microsoft also informed developers about the company’s new plans to reduce latency in game streaming. With its new Display Details API, Microsoft reduces some of the most tedious and slowest streaming processes. This new process uses direct ingestion to stream the game instead of Microsoft’s previous, more complicated viewing pipeline process.
According to Microsoft, when developers use this direct capture streaming method, the end result could be a latency reduction of up to 72 ms. The downside is that the technology doesn’t support HDR yet and currently has a maximum resolution of 1440p and runs at 720p on phones and 1080p on PCs and browsers. While these are downgrades from the 4k streaming of the old process, the trade-off in latency should still be a notable improvement, and Microsoft says it’s working to improve the quality possible on the new system.
Most of these features that Microsoft discussed during the Xbox Game Streaming presentation at its xFest developer event won’t be available immediately, but these big improvements for Xbox cloud gaming should be right around the corner.
https://www.polygon.com/gaming/23179998/xbox-cloud-service-xcloud-keyboard-and-mouse-game-pass-latency Xbox Cloud Gaming will soon have mouse and keyboard support