If you’ve been eager to stream games from your Xbox One to your Windows 10 PC, the wait is finally over. With just days until the official Windows 10 launch (July 29th), Major Nelson has announced that game streaming is now ready for prime time. Up until now, game streaming had only been available as a preview which was announced in the video below.
Game streaming allows you to become more mobile. No longer will Xbox owners be tied to the “Xbox sofa” when they can use a tablet while lying on a bed or a laptop in the sun out in the garden. All the while, playing games of the graphic quality that Xbox One is well capable of. Judging by early reviews, there’s no discernible lag in the game content streaming.
In order to prepare your Xbox One set up for game streaming, you must first go to: Settings > Preferences > Allow game streaming to other devices. Then on your PC, make sure you have the latest build of Windows 10 (for now you’ll need to be an Insider) and update the Xbox App to the latest version which should be v7.7.16004.00000 or higher. You can find the version number in the settings (the Hamburger Menu). Also in the Settings, go to: Connect > + Add a device and add your Xbox One.
Once you attach a wired Xbox controller (360 or One) to your PC, go to: Home > Recently Played and select Play from Console.
If you’d prefer to take full control of your Xbox One simply go to Home > Game Streaming. This will cause a notification to appear on your Xbox One indicating that a streaming session is in progress. The Xbox One will also behave as if the remote user were actually in the room.
Added to the game streaming announcement, are improved features for the July release of the Windows 10 Xbox App. Check out the full list of features in detail below:
Party Chat – Above the Friends list is a new option labeled Start a party (beta). This enables you to start a party chat with your Xbox friends across Xbox One and the Xbox App on Windows 10. Press ‘+’ to invite friends, and simply click on your friends to invite them to an online party.
My Games – The app will support automated discovery of Windows Store games and a large number of older non-Windows store PC games so they get added automatically to your game collection within the Xbox app upon first launch. If a game is not automatically added, you can manually add it to your collection by selecting My games > Add a game from your PC. The Xbox team will continue to add non-Windows store games to a service-side list, so that automated discovery will improve over time.
Home – We updated Home to enable easy access to Game streaming and allow quick launch of a game from the Recently played list. Also, there is an updated Featured games section on the home screen below your recently played list, which lets you discover and install new and popular games available from the Windows store.
Profile – You can choose to use your Avatar or gamerpic to be displayed to your Friends. Additionally, you can easily customize your Avatar, change your gamertag, gamerpic, and user color, and update your name sharing settings in one place under Customize.
Share with your friends – Coming in the July release, you can upload your local game clips and screenshots for Windows store games to your shared collection on Xbox Live. Go to Game DVR > On this PC > Share to upload your local clips and screenshots and have them appear on your Activity Feed. You can capture game clips and screenshots for non-Windows Store games and access them via Game DVR > On this PC > Open folder.
Xbox Avatars – We are updating the Avatars app, so you can use the “Take a photo” feature and save a specific Avatar photo as your gamerpic. There are several ideas on Xbox Feedback that inspired this change, but this idea with over 2,100 votes and the various comments from fans drove the team to deliver this as a new feature this month. Time to head to the Avatar photo booth, select a post or a frame of animation, select a background, and select Picture size > gamepic. Then click the camera icon, and select Save as gamerpic to make your new pic visible across Xbox on Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One.
Day One Experience – For PC owners that are new to the Xbox ecosystem, we are adding a feature to the Xbox app to help you create a new account, get a gamertag, and then land in a basic user experience that helps you get started finding games, earning achievements and using your activity feed.