Microsoft and Meta Bring Xbox Cloud Gaming and Game Pass Library to Quest
Meta and Microsoft have delivered on their promise to make Xbox Cloud Gaming and the Game Pass library available on Quest. With a Game Pass Ultimate subscription and a compatible gamepad, players can now enjoy a wide selection of traditional games on a large virtual screen.
Xbox Cloud Gaming App on Quest
The Xbox Cloud Gaming app is now accessible on Quest 2, Quest 3, and Quest Pro. Game Pass Ultimate subscribers can log in via their Quest and instantly access the majority of the Game Pass library without the need for installations, all within a virtual environment.
It’s worth noting that the Quest’s own motion controllers cannot be used, as they lack some buttons required for Xbox games. However, a variety of popular gamepads are supported, including all Xbox One S and Xbox One X controllers, PS4 and PS5 controllers, and certain later-generation Xbox One controllers. Microsoft also recommends a minimum internet connection speed of 20Mbps.
Comparison to Other Devices
While playing Xbox games on Quest offers a unique experience, it’s important to consider whether it provides better value than alternatives. Xbox Cloud Gaming is already accessible on various devices such as computers, smart TVs, and smartphones. Comparatively, the lower resolution on Quest, the need to wear a headset, and the limited battery life might make it more of a novelty rather than a practical choice.
Beta Release and Future Changes
Microsoft and Meta have labeled the Xbox Cloud Gaming app on Quest as a ‘beta’ release. It remains unclear what changes are expected once the beta status is removed.
In my opinion, the addition of the Xbox Cloud Gaming app to Quest is a step towards expanding the gaming experience on virtual reality platforms. However, it’s important to consider the practicality of using Quest for Xbox gaming when compared to other available options. For the latest news on VR gaming, head to VR Game News.