Here’s how to play Xbox Cloud Gaming with Bing in your browser

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Curious how you can play Xbox Cloud Gaming with Bing in your browser? Well, you’ll be happy to hear that Microsoft has introduced an even more convenient way to launch your games with Bing.

Although still in beta, Xbox Cloud Gaming is already proving to be a great way to get your game started if for some reason you can’t find suitable hardware. The fact that it works in a browser is even more amazing. In addition, Microsoft has added another layer of convenience, allowing you to launch games directly from Bing, its search engine. Classics like Psychonauts 2 and modern gems like Halo Infinite are now easily available via a simple Bing search.

With over 100 games available at the click of a button in your browser, it may well be worth using Bing for that extra convenience. Xbox Cloud Gaming is part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. We’ve known for a while that Microsoft offers rewards for choosing to use Bing over Google, but now there’s another reason to use the much-maligned search engine.

How to Play Xbox Cloud Gaming with Bing

How to Play Xbox Cloud Gaming with Bing

Gears 5 multiplayer

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To use the feature, you must first navigate to Bing.com (opens in new tab). Make sure you’re signed in to your Microsoft account and subscribed to Game Pass Ultimate. You’ll also need to make sure you’re using either Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge, as these are the only two browsers compatible with the new feature.

Then enter the name of the game you are looking for in the search window. If the game is playable in the cloud, you will see a green “PLAY” button with a stylized cloud on it on the search page. Click the button and the game will launch in your browser.

Bing Xbox game launch

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Note that some games on the Xbox cloud gaming service require controllers. If this is the case, you’ll see a controller logo under the game’s title with the words “Play with controller” to the right of it. For example, if you want to play Gears 5 in the cloud, you’ll definitely need a gamepad connected to your PC. That said, many of the service’s games can only be enjoyed with a touchscreen, so you’re not entirely out of luck if you don’t have a controller handy.

The PLAY button can be difficult to see for first time users of the feature. You can see its location in the image above, to the right of the Gears 5 logo.

It should also be borne in mind that the feature is still in beta and that occasional bugs or hiccups are expected. However, having tested the feature myself, I can confirm that it works as advertised and might be worth trying for yourself.

With the recent shutdown of Google Stadia, it will be interesting to see if Microsoft can capitalize on the opening up in the cloud gaming market. Xbox cloud gaming on the Xbox app is one thing, but simply jumping into a game after it shows up in your web search results is a notch easier. Perhaps Microsoft will succeed where Stadia couldn’t and become the go-to game streaming service for your browser.

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