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How to play Xbox Cloud Gaming with Bing in your browser

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

Although still in beta, Xbox Cloud Gaming is already proving to be a great way to jump-start your game if you find yourself without suitable hardware for some reason. The fact that it works in a browser is even more mind blowing. On top of that, Microsoft has added another layer of convenience, letting you launch games directly through Bing, its search engine. Classics like Psychonauts 2 and modern gems like Halo Infinite are now readily available via a simple Bing search.

With over 100 games available in your browser at the touch of a button, it might be worth using Bing for convenience. Xbox Cloud Gaming is an integral part of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. We’ve known for a while that Microsoft offers rewards if you decide to use Bing instead of Google, but now there’s another reason to use the oft-maligned search engine.

How to play Xbox Cloud Gaming with Bing

How to play Xbox Cloud Gaming with Bing

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To use the feature, you must first access Bing.com (opens in a 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 Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge, as those are the only two browsers compatible with the new feature.

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

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Be aware that some games on the Xbox Cloud Game Service require controllers. If so, under the title of the game you will see a controller logo with the words “Play with Controller” to the right of it. For example, if you want to play Gears 5 on the cloud, you’ll definitely need a gamepad plugged into your PC. That said, many games on the service can be enjoyed with nothing more than a touchscreen, so you’re out of luck if you don’t have a controller handy.

The “PLAY” button may be difficult to spot for new users of the feature. You can see its location in the image above, to the right of the Gears 5 logo.

It’s also worth keeping in mind that the feature is still in beta and occasional bugs or hiccups are expected. However, after testing the feature myself, I can confirm that it works as advertised and might be worth trying it yourself.

With the recent shutdown of Google Stadia, it will be interesting to see if Microsoft can take advantage of the opening of the cloud gaming market. Xbox Cloud Gaming in the Xbox app is one thing, but easily jumping into a game after it appears in your web search results is an easier change. Maybe Microsoft will succeed where Stadia couldn’t and become the goto game streaming service for your browser.