Xbox gets one of the most powerful new features in gaming

Microsoft quietly adds one of the most interesting and powerful new features to Xbox games on PC and mobile that will help boost engagement and discovery.

Xbox gets one of the most powerful new features in gaming
Published Sep 7, 2022 5:15 PM CDT   |   Updated Fri, Sep 30 2022 4:01 AM CDT
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Microsoft has taken a play from Stadia's strategy book by adding one of the most innovative features for instant gaming access.

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Using the cloud, Microsoft is gearing up for its inter-connected empire of multi-platform online gaming. A big part of cloud gaming is reducing friction and providing easy access to content--that's actually the main selling point, being able to play games without having a console or a gaming PC. This new Xbox feature adds another way to streamline access and discovery.

Gamers can now instantly launch games directly from shared screenshots and video, not unlike Stadia's instant game-sharing feature. The idea is simple: Microsoft wants everyone to play as soon as possible as easily as possible. A friend can share a clip or snapshot on their Xbox LIVE feed, and you can click on it and launch the game directly from the message or activity feed UI. This only works on PC and mobile for now, and connects via cloud streaming similar to Stadia.

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Sony has also filed very interesting patents for its own innovative type of game access features. It's called Game Jump, and it's directly related to the awesome custom save state-sharing and game demo creation systems that we've outlined for years now.

Sony has not revealed any sort of plans to launch its own equivalent feature and for now Game Jump remains part of patent filings and not actual firmware features coming to the PlayStation platform. Sony's new emphasis on services could introduce some sort of update in the coming months as the company pivots further into its live service game plans.

Check below for more info on the new Xbox feature:

Jump right into a game from your friends' shared captures on mobile and PC

Millions of Xbox gamers share game clips and screenshots with their friends with link sharing, released late last year. Now the friends you share your game clips and screenshots with can not only watch your captures, they can start playing right away on their device with cloud gaming. (Some games require Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for cloud gaming.)

So the next time a friend shares an epic moment from their favorite game like Forza Horizon 5, just tap "Play" and start playing directly in a browser, straight from their clip.

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Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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