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Microsoft is currently offering a brand new ARM64 model of the Xbox app for Windows. This means that the Xbox app will work natively on Surface Pro X and various Arm-powered units in addition to Microsoft’s newest SQ3-powered Surface Pro 9, which was introduced earlier right now.

Microsoft confirmed the brand new Xbox app for Arm in a blog post today. While the Xbox app will now easily run on Arm-powered Windows {hardware}, video games are another matter. There aren’t many Windows games that can be compiled natively for Arm though, so you’ll both need to benefit from the built-in emulation here or just stream games from elsewhere.


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The Xbox app on Windows on Arm.

Fortunately, Microsoft has added Xbox Cloud Gaming support to the Xbox app that works on Arm units. This means you can stream any Xbox Game Pass Ultimate game to Arm units and avoid having to worry about compatibility or performance points.

Microsoft has been gradually bringing Xbox Cloud Gaming to an increasing number of units lately. The streaming service is offered on some premium 2022 Samsung TVs and displays, and Microsoft has just been dedicated this week to bringing it to Meta’s Quest VR headsets. We might even see a dedicated Xbox cloud streaming device soon after Microsoft’s Xbox official revealed an outdated prototype of the streaming field the company has yet to commit to.

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