One of the coolest features on Windows 10 is the ability to stream Xbox One games onto your PC.
The Windows 10 and Xbox One development team worked hand-in-hand to create a unified streaming platform on Windows 10.
That means you can connect your Xbox One controller to your PC or tablet and play/stream Xbox One games over that device.
However, accessing that streaming feature takes a little bit of work. Today, we’re explaining how to stream Xbox One games to your Windows 10 PC or tablet.
What You Need:
-A PC or tablet running Windows 10
-An Xbox One with the latest upgrade
-A wireless or wired high speed internet network in your home
Step 1) Plug your Xbox One controller into your Windows 10 PC or tablet
Windows 10 is surprisingly good at having native support for all types of plugged in devices and peripherals. The OS has built-in support for Xbox One controllers. If the controller’s connection to Windows 10 is successful, the controller will vibrate.
Step 2) Launch the Xbox app for Windows 10
The Xbox app for Windows 10 should already appear on your PC or tablet if you’ve connected your Live account. If not, then you can use Cortana to search for the free download option on the Microsoft App Store.
Step 3) Sign into your Xbox Live account
After opening the Xbox app, sign into your Xbox Live account. Or, create a new Xbox Live account (you don’t need a pre-existing account for this tutorial).
Step 4) Turn on your Xbox One
To make things easier, try to stay in the same room as your Xbox One for this part. Otherwise, you’ll be running back and forth across your house and you’ll get sweaty.
Step 5) Activate the connection
Your Xbox One and PC will connect to each other over your wired or wireless network (they don’t use Bluetooth). Both devices need to be on the same wireless network. Next, you need to go to Preferences on your Xbox One and check the box beside Allow game streaming to other devices.
Once you’ve done that, go to the Xbox app on your PC and select Connect from the drop down menu on the left side of the app.
This step doesn’t work perfectly 100% of the time. If you experience problems, then try restarting the Windows 10 app first, then pressing the Connect button once more.
Step 6) Start streaming
Now the fun can start! On the Windows 10 Xbox app Home menu, choose the most recent Xbox One game and then click Play from Console.
If you want to stream footage back to your TV, click the Stream button on your PC app and you’ll live stream footage from your PC back to your Xbox One.
Step 7) Enjoy other fun features
Once you’ve connected your PC and Xbox, you can do a surprising number of Xbox One-like things from your PC. Those things include:
-Access to Xbox One menus
-Online gameplay (with an Xbox Live account, of course)
-Backwards compatibility access to Xbox 360 games
If you need help with the tutorial, drop us a line in the comments section below and we’ll try to help. Microsoft is gradually working out the bugs with this streaming feature, and most users seem to be able to get it working without too many issues.