You’ll Be Able To Play Your Own Xbox Games Via Xbox Cloud Gaming This Year

Heard it on Xbox chat.

Although there’s already a huge selection of games playable via Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Cloud Gaming on a number of devices, whether or not you own an Xbox console at all, one thing players have been asking for from day one is the ability to play their own library of Xbox games via the cloud – and it looks like we’re nearly there with Phil Spencer re-confirming that the feature is on track to debut this year.

Although it’s currently possible to play your library of games from an existing Xbox console, via remote play, this would enable folks without Xbox hardware to purchase and play games on any device – going a long way to fulfilling the company’s “every screen is an Xbox” dream.

This was revealed, funnily enough, through an exchange between Spencer and a random Xbox player, who messaged the executive through the Xbox’s chat feature and actually got a response (which has been verified as real by Windows Central). The user asked for an update on being able to play their owned games via Xbox Cloud Gaming and Spencer simply responded with, “Should be this year.”

Xbox Cloud Gaming is quickly spreading to more devices than ever, including the recent expansion to Meta Quest VR headsets, so the ability to access your own library of digital games regardless of whether they feature in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate would be a massive win for the service. As someone in a one-Xbox household but with a Samsung Frame telly in the bedroom, being able to fire up my Lost Odyssey or Blue Dragon saves in bed sounds like a dream come true.