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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
    This enables the Gamepads to work.
  3. Load Chrome and go to, 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 ""
  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 instead of

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

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hardpenguin Nov 3, 2022
Sweet! It already was working pretty well but the improved quality will work great for big screens!
heidi.wenger Nov 3, 2022
So doesn't work on Firefox huh. No, then.
Liam Dawe Nov 3, 2022
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 Nov 3, 2022
Nice! I've been testing Xbox Cloud Gaming on Steam Deck with Edge, following Microsoft's instructions:
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 Nov 3, 2022
I did show it in Chrome as well back in May :)
Koopacabras Nov 3, 2022
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
mr-victory Nov 3, 2022
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
Liam Dawe Nov 3, 2022
Quoting: GuestI *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.
hardpenguin Nov 4, 2022
Quoting: Koopacabras
Quoting: hardpenguin...
on my Ryzen 5 system it works great but on my atom cpu netbook works like shite. I hope this fixes it.

Bruh that sounds like an ancient system
fenglengshun Nov 4, 2022
What about Brave, Vivaldi, Opera, and Chromium as well as Ungoogled-Chromium? Everyone has their own preferences, and while I think it should work correctly on all of them, a few like Brave might have problems with its default or Ungoogled-Chromium might be missing some component to make it works.

Can't test it myself because I don't have a subscription, but it'd be interesting to know if there's any variation in these other browsers.
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