Xbox Controller Bar now directly launches cloud game streaming

August 31, 2022
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What a time to be alive! Microsoft has just completed another integration, this time an update to the shiny new Xbox Controller Bar that absolutely streamlines cloud gaming.

The bar is the newest addition to the gaming ecosystem on Windows 11, arriving earlier this year.

And with this latest update, it can launch any game via cloud streaming directly. What this new convenience means for you is that you can skip other menu options and go straight to your favorite title beamed down from the cloud.

This new functionality is now available for Insiders to test.

And Microsoft formally announced this update to the word via a live stream on YouTube that you can watch for more information.

Or, alternatively, just watch this video below:

The way this new functionality works is that games are shown as a menu in the controller bar. Once you select a game, you are taken through the launcher so that the play button can be selected, and you dive right in and enjoy the cloud streaming.

This is the first major update to this gaming feature that debuted in May, as part of build 22618 that was made available for Insiders.

It can be accessed via the Xbox button on any Xbox controller or by pressing Winkey + G on keyboards.

Microsoft also confirmed in the live stream that other game launchers will be compatible with the Controller Bar. And, logically, the list of games will be in order of most recently played, so that the most frequently accessed games stay on the bar the most.

Neat addition, this!

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Featured · Features · Gaming · Windows 11 · Xbox

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