Stadia Games Can Now Be Streamed Straight To Xbox Consoles
The new version of Microsoft Edge on Xbox consoles also lets users access Discord, but without microphone support.
Xbox consoles house another platform today thanks to a new version of Microsoft Edge added in this month's Xbox update. Starting today, Xbox users can access the latest version of Microsoft's browser, which can stream Google Stadia games and even access Discord.
Streaming Stadia games to either an Xbox Series X|S or Xbox One should essentially be the same as it would be on a PC. The console's version of the Edge browser is nearly identical to what's found on computers, and thanks to today's update, it also includes mouse and keyboard support. According to The Verge, Stadia games that are streamed to an Xbox console can be played either with a controller or an attached mouse and keyboard.
While Stadia works properly on the new version of Microsoft Edge, the same doesn't go for Discord. Xbox users can access Discord through Microsoft Edge on their consoles, and even type into the app's text channels, but microphone support sadly isn't included. If microphone support is somehow added to Discord on the console version of Microsoft Edge, the service could potentially be functional on nearly every major gaming platform. Sony recently invested in Discord and announced that the service would be integrated into PlayStation Network in 2022.
Stadia and Discord integration aren't necessarily what Microsoft was planning for with its latest update to the console version of Microsoft Edge. In a post detailing this month's Xbox update, Microsoft pointed out that players can move tabs between signed-in devices, which is admittedly not as exciting.
Along with an update to Microsoft Edge, this month's Xbox update includes new ways for users to access games with the Xbox App on PC. Starting today, the Xbox cloud gaming beta is available for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate users. Xbox cloud streaming will also be coming to both the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S this holiday season for Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. Similarly, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One owners can now play their console games on their PC using Xbox remote play.