Windows 10 lets you stream and play Xbox One games on your PC
One of the best things about being the manufacturer of both, one of the world’s best gaming consoles as well as the world’s most used PC Operating System is that you have complete control over both of them and can make wonderful things happen with both of them.
Microsoft, the manufacturer of Xbox and Windows, hasn’t had much of an advantage of being the company behind the both of them prior to the release of Windows 10. However, with its release, the company is doubling down on gaming and has introduced a number of new gaming-specific options, including a dedicated Game Mode that designed to focus your PC resources for increased frame rate performance and grant more GPU processing cycles to games rather than other background processes.
Apart from a ton of internal changes to increase gaming performance, Microsoft has also introduced the ability to stream games if you have an Xbox One and a Windows 10 PC.
What is Game Streaming?
Game streaming allows users to stream games to their Windows 10 PCs or laptops as long as the computer and their Xbox One is connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
Here are a number of things you will need to make game streaming work:
- An Xbox One console
- A Windows 10 PC with at least 2 GB of RAM and at least 1.5 GHz or faster CPU
- A Wired (Ethernet) or Wireless (Wi-Fi) network that both the Console and the PC are connected to
How – To Stream Games to your PC
On your Xbox
1. Turn on the Xbox One. Open Settings, then go to Preferences and then Xbox app connections.
2. Enable the option for Allow game streaming to other devices (under This Xbox).
3. Enable Allow connections from any device or Only from profiles signed in on this Xbox (under Other devices).
On your PC
1. Launch the Xbox app and Sign-In (you need to sign-in with the same gamertag ID as on your Xbox One).
2. On the left panel of the app, click on Connect.
3. Select your Xbox One console from the list of connections on the right side of the screen (the default Xbox name is MyXboxOne).
4. Once connected, you should now see new options for streaming, power, and media remotes. You can click on Stream to start the streaming.
5. Click on any Xbox One game and click on Play from console to launch it and start streaming.
You can also change streaming quality by going to the Settings section of the Xbox app on your PC and navigating to Game streaming. Under Video encoding level, it will let you select from a number of different streaming quality settings. For an even better playing experience, you can even connect your Xbox One gaming controller. You won’t even know you were playing on a PC rather than on your console.