With the launch of Microsoft’s new operating system less than two weeks away, all Xbox One owners who are using an early version of the OS can now stream their games to a Windows 10 device.
This functionality was unveiled earlier this year, and allows for any Xbox One game to be streamed over a local network to a Windows 10 PC or tablet. It was enabled for Xbox One preview program members in June, but is now available to everyone with Windows 10 installed.
If you’re equipped to do this, you’ll need to do a few things to get started:
- On your Xbox One, go the to the Preferences area of the Settings menu and enable the “Allow game streaming to other devices” option.
- Make sure you have the newest Xbox app version installed on the Windows 10 device you’re streaming to.
- Inside the Xbox app, go to the Connect menu and use “Add a device” to connect to your console.
- Connect a wired Xbox One or Xbox 360 controller to your device.
- Go to the Home menu, choose the game you want to play from the Recently Played section, and choose Play From Console.
- Alternatively, go to the the Game Streaming section of the Home menu, which allows you to control your Xbox One directly from your PC or tablet.
One thing to note is that the Xbox One is still essentially in use while streaming; a notification will appear on the system pointing out that streaming has begun, and it’ll look as if the console is being on the TV it’s plugged into.
In addition to enabling game-streaming for everyone, new features are being rolled out for the Xbox app this month. This includes a way to start parties (which can be joined by those on an Xbox One as well as those using the Xbox app on Windows 10), upload game clips and screenshots, and to create an Xbox Live profile for those who don’t already have one.
Windows 10 is set for launch on July 29, and will for the next year be available as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users.