Xbox is on a roll lately - it's like it can do no wrong. In fact, everything that Xbox doing is turning more people into fans of the Xbox brand.
The latest announcement, Remote Play on PC, is a good example.
What is Remote Play?
Remote Play is one of Xbox's most beloved features. It basically lets you stream games to another device, which is pretty nifty if you think about it. However, it's been notably absent for a while, and fans have been missing it badly. Now that it is back, gamers have a reason to celebrate.
Xbox engineering lead, Eden Marie, first announced the news on Twitter.
We're also enabling Remote Play in the Xbox App, so you'll be able to stream your Xbox Series X|S consoles to your PC for the first time! Your older consoles too, of course. https://t.co/9S0bA3hFjz
— Eden Marie (@neonepiphany) August 9, 2021
According to Marie, the Xbox App now has Remote Play. This means that PC gamers can finally stream games from their Xbox Series S/X consoles to the PC. She also confirmed that the feature also works for older consoles. Because of this, players can now enjoy streaming their favorite games from just about any platform outside of the Nintendo Switch and the Sony PlayStation 4 and 5.
In addition to streaming to the PC, gamers have been able to take advantage of Xbox Cloud Gaming on the PC and mobile platformers for a while now.
Just try not to get confused between Cloud Gaming Beta and Remote Play on PC. Both are similar in that they let you stream games. However, unlike Cloud Gaming Beta, where you can stream games directly from the Cloud to your computer, Remote Play on PC relies on you having the corresponding console. This means that you'll need an Xbox One or Xbox Series S/X. Otherwise, it won't work.
The revival of Remote Play on PC is a welcome move that positions the Xbox brand favorably over its competition. Accessibility has been the name of the game for the Xbox brand and Microsoft has made great strides to let gamers play what they want, when they want, and how they want.
With that said, it will be interesting to see how Sony and Nintendo respond to Microsoft's latest announcement.
Sony has already made its Crunchyroll acquisition official. Even if it's not directly related to gaming, adding Funimation and Crunchyroll to the PlayStation Plus or PlayStation Now would drive up the value of either subscription service tremendously. Will they do it though?