Xbox Cloud Gaming Now Available for Meta Quest VR Headsets
Xbox Cloud Gaming has finally made its way to the Meta Quest line of VR headsets. Even though it’s still in beta, users can head to the Meta Quest Store to download the app. The best part? No TV or console is required. However, users will need to have a Game Pass Ultimate subscription to access the Cloud Gaming service.
Compatibility and Controller Support
As of now, the Cloud Gaming app is compatible with Meta’s Quest 2, 3, and Pro headsets. In order to play, players will need to use their own wireless Bluetooth controller, which doesn’t have to be specifically made for Xbox consoles. In addition to Xbox controllers, the Xbox Cloud Gaming app also supports PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch Pro Controllers. Meta has also announced that support for PS5 controllers will be added in the future.
Game Library and VR Functionality
With Meta’s Cloud Gaming app, players have access to Game Pass’s extensive library, including over 300 Xbox and PC games. However, it’s important to note that the app does not add VR functionality to games that didn’t originally have it. Instead, the headset projects the games onto a virtual 2D screen within an Xbox-themed virtual environment. For Quest 3 and Quest Pro users, an alternative option is to view their actual surroundings through the Passthrough feature on the headset. It’s still unclear whether the Cloud Gaming app supports the more limited Quest 2 version of Passthrough.
Microsoft and Meta Collaboration
The release of the new Game Pass app for Quest is a result of the ongoing partnership between Microsoft and Meta. In fact, back in October 2022, Microsoft announced its intentions to bring a number of its apps to VR. For instance, Microsoft Mesh currently allows users to engage in AR conferences with a full VR option set to launch in January. Additionally, Microsoft plans to introduce the complete suite of Microsoft 365 applications to Quest devices.
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