How to play Xbox games on Linux

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How to play Xbox games on Linux | A picture of various titles in the Xbox Cloud Gaming library

Looking for ways to play Xbox games on Linux? We've got you covered!

When Microsoft launched its web-based game streaming service called Xbox Cloud Gaming service, the dream of many Linux users to play their favorite Xbox games on their Linux desktops have been fulfilled.

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The xCloud gaming service gives you access to over a hundred titles that are playable right away on your Linux PC. Xbox Cloud Gaming is really a godsend to the Linux community.

So without further ado, let's see how you can play Xbox games on Linux.

How to play Xbox games on Linux

Although Linux isn't officially a supported platform for Xbox Cloud Gaming (today), the service will work with any web browser that supports WebRTC. That means you will need a Chromium-based browser to play.

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In order to play Xbox games on Linux, just navigate to Xbox.com/Play, sign in to your account, and select the game you wish to play. It is worth mentioning that you should be an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate member to access the titles on Xbox Cloud Gaming.

The Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is priced at $14.99/£14.99 per month, but you'll also find three-month memberships available for $44.99/£44.99.

How to improve the image quality of Xbox games on Linux

When you start playing Xbox games on your Linux PC, may notice that the image quality is not up to the mark.

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This is because the service reverts to a default resolution and bit rate which is safer and more performant for a much wider variety of devices, especially older and less powerful devices.

In simple words, when the service detects that you are on Linux, which is an unsupported platform, it changes the streaming quality settings to the lowest possible values.

Through browser sniffing, the service can read your user agent, which is essentially a string of text that tells it what browser you’re using, as well as various other pieces of info about your system.

So, to improve the image quality, you need to trick the service to believe that you are on Windows 10 or 11. You can achieve this by installing this browser extension and changing the user agent to Windows.

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Once that is done, you will get a noticeably better picture.