Over the summer, Microsoft completely switched its data centers for Xbox Cloud Gaming to blades with 4K-capable Xbox Series Xs.
After Microsoft had expanded the capacity of its own data centers for several months, the time has come: Xbox Cloud Gaming consistently uses blades with Xbox Series X hardware, which drastically increases the performance of the individual slots for the benefit of graphics quality and frame rate.
So far, there were four modified Xbox One S in each blade, but in June 2021 Microsoft had confirmed that the data centers had already been partially converted to the technology of the Xbox Series X. This information was announced in parallel with the launch of the Xbox Cloud Gaming beta for Windows PCs and for mobile devices with iOS / iPadOS.
By switching to the Xbox Series X hardware, four instances of an Xbox One S title can run on such a board, which drastically reduces energy and space requirements for Microsoft. In addition, the video encoder of these systems is significantly faster and in the best case can reach six times the speed of its predecessor.
Optics and frame rate benefit
Xbox Cloud Gaming can use this for games that are exclusively available for Xbox Series X or that have received a patch with optimizations: Such titles have improved graphics quality and run at up to 120 fps instead of up to 60 fps. The resolution remains limited to 1080p for the time being, but could in principle be increased to 4K.
Xbox Cloud Gaming runs on Android, iOS / iPadOS, and Windows – there via app or browser. Microsoft is currently also working on releasing Xbox Cloud Gaming as an app for TVs and a streaming stick is also in preparation. An Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription is required to use the service. This costs 13 euros per month.