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On the community Reddit for Xbox Cloud Gaming, an Xbox employee put up a small announcement about an upgraded experience for Linux and ChromeOS game streaming.

Something we've been waiting on for some time, as without workarounds you were limited to a low resolution. You could make it better by spoofing Edge on Windows for example. Even with that, I noticed it didn't perform as well as expected. Now, that should no longer be the case.

Xbox Cloud developer Jordan Cohen said on Reddit:

Hi everyone! We've just released a set of performance improvements on Xbox Cloud Gaming for gamers playing via browser on Linux and ChromeOS devices. You can expect a higher resolution and smoother streaming experience. 

These changes also complete a long journey of upgrading our browser gaming experience to a different streaming technology. You should now have a more consistent experience in the browser, no matter what device you use.

Testing it myself today on both desktop Linux and Steam Deck, and it does seem to work just fine.

Despite what Microsoft like to say, you don't need Edge and it works just fine in Chrome. Nothing extra is needed on desktop Linux, it's click and play. But for Steam Deck, you can set it up like this:

  1. Make sure Chrome is installed (available via the Non-Steam menu in the Steam Library), or via Discover in Desktop Mode.
  2. In Desktop Mode enter this command into the Konsole terminal app: flatpak --user override --filesystem=/run/udev:ro com.google.Chrome
    This enables the Gamepads to work.
  3. Load Chrome and go to Xbox.com/Play, and setup your login. It's easier in desktop mode.
  4. If you wish to auto-launch Xbox Cloud Gaming with Chrome with no address bar, add this to the very end of the launch options (Properties menu on Chrome in your Steam Library): --window-size=1024,640 --force-device-scale-factor=1.25 --device-scale-factor=1.25 --kiosk "https://xbox.com/play"
  5. In Gaming Mode on Steam Deck, tap Chrome in your Steam Library and set Steam Input (the Gamepad icon on the right) into Gamepad with Mouse Trackpad. Also set the Right Trackpad as Mouse Click, as it helps you deal with any browser pop-ups.
  6. Launch Chrome, and enjoy.

As a side-note, if you really do need or want to use Edge instead of Chrome, you can just change the end of point 2 to have this at the end com.microsoft.Edge instead of com.google.Chrome.

Here's a video reminder on how to do it along with some quick footage:

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Sweet! It already was working pretty well but the improved quality will work great for big screens!
So doesn't work on Firefox huh. No, then.
Liam Dawe 3 Nov
Quoting: heidi.wengerSo doesn't work on Firefox huh. No, then.
I've yet to see any cloud game service of any kind support Firefox. Don't entirely know why.
Akien 3 Nov
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Nice! I've been testing Xbox Cloud Gaming on Steam Deck with Edge, following Microsoft's instructions: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/xbox-cloud-gaming-in-microsoft-edge-with-steam-deck-43dd011b-0ce8-4810-8302-965be6d53296
Good to know it works with Chrome too, I suspected the same, but well I guess it's an opportunity to test Edge ;)

It's working pretty well! Had some fun testing a few AAA games without having to install them first (Forza Horizon 5, Ghost Recon), and I'm switching between an actual Xbox Series X and the Steam Deck to continue my Assassin's Creed Odyssey game, based on where I feel like playing :)


Last edited by Akien on 3 November 2022 at 12:58 pm UTC
Liam Dawe 3 Nov
I did show it in Chrome as well back in May :)
Quoting: hardpenguinSweet! It already was working pretty well but the improved quality will work great for big screens!
on my Ryzen 5 system it works great but on my atom cpu netbook works like shite. I hope this fixes it.


Last edited by Koopacabras on 3 November 2022 at 1:28 pm UTC
Quoting: heidi.wengerSo doesn't work on Firefox huh. No, then.
I tried Xcloud on Firedragon (Librewolf fork, which is a fork of Firefox) a few months ago, I got an "unsupported browser" warning but managed to play Fortnite with a Dualshock 3. Don't ask performance, though, because I had to use VPN which made it unplayable.


Last edited by mr-victory on 3 November 2022 at 1:32 pm UTC
citral 3 Nov
I *think* edge uses video Hardware acceleration given the CPU/GPU usage, I'll compare with chrome but wouldn't be too excited about it as in my experience, google has kept breaking it every other update, eventually couldn't bother anymore and switched to FF for the better in every single way.

Unfortunately it's not that simple to verify on AMD, while it's super easy on Intel iGPUs (intel-gpu-top)


Last edited by citral on 3 November 2022 at 3:03 pm UTC
Liam Dawe 3 Nov
Quoting: citralI *think* edge uses video Hardware acceleration given the CPU/GPU usage, I'll compare with chrome but wouldn't be too excited about it as in my experience, google has kept breaking it every other update, eventually couldn't bother anymore and switched to FF for the better in every single way.

Unfortunately it's not that simple to verify on AMD, while it's super easy on Intel iGPUs (intel-gpu-top)
I tested and saw little to no difference between Edge and Chrome.
citral 3 Nov
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: citralI *think* edge uses video Hardware acceleration given the CPU/GPU usage, I'll compare with chrome but wouldn't be too excited about it as in my experience, google has kept breaking it every other update, eventually couldn't bother anymore and switched to FF for the better in every single way.

Unfortunately it's not that simple to verify on AMD, while it's super easy on Intel iGPUs (intel-gpu-top)
I tested and saw little to no difference between Edge and Chrome.

Same, did my duty, enabled video accel on chrome, no visible difference between both in CPU/GPU usage.

Nice for chrome users as they don't need extra packages then
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