Windows 11 reveal confirms Xbox Game Pass and xCloud integration

Windows 11 has a dedicated Xbox app which supports the full Xbox Game Pass library as well as Xbox cloud gaming. 

Xbox corporate vice-president Sarah Bond outlined Xbox’s presence on the upcoming operating system, which is scheduled to launch this holiday season, during Microsoft’s reveal stream. We got a glimpse at the Xbox app in action, and while there may be some changes to the exact UI between now and release, it looks like a faithful mix of the console Game Pass browser and the existing Windows Store experience (which will be overhauled for Windows 11). 

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The Game Pass tab of the Windows 11 Xbox app has the entire PC catalog, with individual games designated for Xbox cloud gaming support (previously and colloquially known as xCloud). Sea of Thieves was highlighted in today’s reveal, and its Windows 11 app widget mirrors the information on the Microsoft Store. Bond also confirmed that Game Pass cross-save and cross-platform support will carry over to Windows 11. As a reminder, an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription is required to stream supported games via the cloud. Currently, more than 100 games on the service support cloud gaming. 

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