meta Quest 2 – 128GB
“Enjoy advanced all-in-one VR with just a headset and controllers, completely untethered from your gaming PC. Now with support for Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta).”
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Microsoft is on a mission to put Xbox Game Pass on just about everything. It’s going well, too. VR headsets, including Meta Quest 3, Quest 2, or Quest Pro devices, now have access to Xbox cloud streaming. There are a few caveats, though, because why wouldn’t there be?
You can now download the Xbox Cloud Gaming app from the Quest store. Provided you meet the digital equivalent of a height requirement to get on this ride, it grants you access to hundreds of games. You’ll be able to play recent releases like Starfield or Forza Motorsport and upcoming day one launches through your headset.
The first obstacle is that the app is in beta, so don’t be surprised if it isn’t a flawless experience. You’ll need to be an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate member to gain access. You’ll also need an Xbox controller in hand to play, as Quest remotes don’t have enough buttons.
Once you’re in, your broadband needs to keep up in order to stream the games. The best quality demands upwards of 20Mbps on a strong 5GHz connection. You can get away with 10Mbps minimum at the sacrifice of visuals, but we wouldn’t recommend it.
Xbox cloud games treat your headset like a monitor strapped to your face. You get four different display sizes to choose from, and either an Xbox-themed virtual space surrounding you or your room using Meta Quest 3 and Pro’s mixed reality capabilities.
We’ve waited for Xbox Cloud Gaming for quite a while since Microsoft announced it during Meta Connect 2022. A year later is better than not getting it at all, though. Just think of it as a late Christmas present.