Meta and Microsoft announced during the 2022 Meta Connect conference the Meta Quest 2 is getting Xbox Cloud Gaming integration in the future, allowing users to stream Xbox games to the headset.
According to a post on the Oculus Blog, players will be able to stream “hundreds” of games to Meta Quest Store compatible devices, including the Meta Quest 2. This will work for games that aren’t inherently VR compatible, as the setup will let you play these games on a 2D screen the company describes as like “having a private movie theater available at all times.”
As of this writing, there’s no hard release date for when Xbox Cloud Gaming will be available on the Meta Quest Store. However, the Oculus Blog post says both companies will be announcing further details “as soon as possible.”
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Xbox Cloud Streaming is already available for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers, and lets you stream Xbox games to mobile devices, Smart TVs, and even Xbox consoles. Earlier this week, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer posted a photo of what turned out to be a prototype for the Xbox-branded streaming stick codenamed Keynote. The company has since shelved the idea to pivot to other means of cloud streaming integration, such as bringing Xbox Cloud Gaming to the Meta Quest Store.
This all comes just under two weeks after Google shut down Stadia, its own video game streaming service, and left several projects in development for the platform in a precarious state.
Kenneth Shepard is a writer covering games, entertainment, and queerness all around the internet. Find him on Twitter at @shepardcdr, and listen to his biweekly video game retrospective podcast Normandy FM, which is currently covering Cyberpunk 2077.