How to use the Xbox app to stream games to your Windows PC

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It was recently announced that Microsoft was updating the Xbox app to allow users to stream console games to Windows 10 computers, which is great news for gamers who don’t like being tied to a device or at a location.

In fact, there are two different ways to enjoy Xbox titles away from the console: you can stream them directly from your home console using a network connection, or you can use cloud gaming on supported devices.

You must be an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate member to use Xbox Cloud streaming, but no subscription is required for remote play. The feature is still being rolled out for Windows 10 devices, so only 22 countries currently have access to it. Fortunately, you can enjoy it not only with Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S consoles, but also with older Xbox One consoles.

You’ll need a few things for this to work, like a compatible controller and a decent network connection, but if you’ve checked those boxes, there’s nothing stopping you from connecting your old laptop to the service and streaming games outside. on a nice day, or relax in another room if someone wants to commandeer the family television.

Microsoft said alongside the announcement, “This is the first time we’ve enabled Xbox Remote Play on PC for Xbox Series X | S owners. We’ve also made additional upgrades over previous versions of Remote Play, such as general stability updates, allowing games to stream in 1080p up to 60 fps, and adding the ability to play some games. Xbox 360 and Xbox Original which has been one of the most requested features.

Hardware and network requirements

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According to the Microsoft Remote Reading webpage, you will need the following to use the service:

  • An Xbox Series X / S / One console (game streaming must be enabled in settings)
  • A Windows 10 PC with at least 2 GB of RAM and a 1.5 GHz or faster processor
  • Xbox controller compatible (mouse, keyboard, and touch are not currently supported for remote gaming)
  • the Xbox app for computer
  • A Microsoft account with an Xbox profile
  • An internet connection of at least 7-10 Mbps. Wired is preferable, but wireless is also feasible for 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz with varying results

Unlike PlayStation 4 Remote Play and PS Now, Microsoft’s streaming feature requires your Xbox console and PC to be on the same network, so you won’t be able to smash your laptop at work and stream games from the Xbox Series X that you have sat at home.

It’s also likely that the Xbox app is already installed on your Windows 10 PC or laptop if it’s a recently released product, but make sure you’re signed in with the same Microsoft account that you use for your console.

How to stream games from your Xbox to your Windows PC

Xbox App Remote Play on a Windows 10 Laptop

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Configure remote playback on your console:

  • Press the Xbox button on your controller to open the guide
  • Go to Profile and system> Settings> Devices and connections> Remote features
  • Check the Enable remote features box
  • Under Power Mode, select Instant-on

Now set up remote play on your Windows 10 desktop or laptop:

  • Open the Xbox app for PC
  • Tap the Consoles icon next to the search box
  • Select the console you want to connect to

Microsoft also recommends the following for the best possible remote reading experience:

  • It’s a good idea to save frequently while playing remotely. If you log out of your console, you could lose your game progress.
  • If you close the app or do something else on your phone after starting your remote gaming session, you won’t immediately lose your progress. After a while, your console will turn off and go to sleep. You can reconnect your session until the console turns off.
  • Only one person at a time can play remotely, even if others are configured to connect remotely or locally
  • Microsoft Store and in-game purchases and backward compatibility are disabled during remote play with Xbox mobile apps
  • Currently, external apps on your console like Edge and Hulu are blocked while using remote play

If you’re looking to access cloud gaming, open the Xbox app, click the “cloud gaming” button, and select one of the games available from your Xbox Game Pass library. However, you will need to be an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate member to access cloud gaming.

For games located on your home console, you’ll find that your device mirrors your Xbox home page when you’ve signed in to two devices so you can go straight back to your last played titles or head to your available library. .

An official Xbox wireless controller is recommended, and we have a guide on how to connect your Xbox Series X controller to your PC, and for older hardware, we also cover how to connect your Xbox One controller. You should also be able to use a wired controller as Windows 10 shouldn’t have any issues recognizing official Microsoft hardware, but we can’t test it ourselves as we don’t have a wired controller handy.

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