Google Stadia can now run on Xbox consoles, via Microsoft’s public test for its new Edge Chromium-powered browser.
As reported by The Verge, Xbox testers in the Alpha Skip-Ahead group can now access the updated Microsoft Edge web browser on Xbox One and Xbox Series S / X consoles.
Thanks to the improved compatibility support with Chromium, the browser will run Google’s Stadia streaming service and allow Xbox console players to access its library of cloud games.
As noted in a video by Thurrott’s Brad Sams, the browser could even allow console players to stream games to their console via Microsoft’s own xCloud in the future, once Microsoft publicly adds web browser support.
The new Xbox Edge browser should also improve compatibility with services like Skype or Discord through the web, as well as browser-based games.
Microsoft has announced plans to launch cloud gaming with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for PC and iOS devices in the spring of 2021.
Currently, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members in 22 countries can play over 100 games on Android devices via the cloud using a compatible controller. About 20 of these games also support touch controls.
And Xbox head Phil Spencer has said the company is working to bring Xbox Game Pass streaming to consoles too.
“Yes, we want to do this,” he said last year. “It’s in the long list of cool things the xCloud team is working on, just a bit further down the list. But we want console and PC players to be able to browse as easily as mobile players, it’s a good gamepass feature.”
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