If you have an Xbox One, you know just how fun playing on the console is. It’s so enjoyable to hop on the console, play your favorite role-playing or adventure game. That, or getting online with friends in a game like Battlefield 1 can be a great time for relaxing and connecting with other people. The downside is that, with the Xbox One, you’re essentially stuck in your living room or another spot to be able to play your games. There’s not much portability with the Xbox One — even packing it up and taking it over to a friend’s house is a massive hassle.
However, those portability problems might just be solved for you if you have a Windows 10 PC, laptop, or tablet. With Windows 10, you can very easily stream games from your Xbox One to your PC without much hassle.
Follow along below, and we’ll show you exactly how you can do that.
Streaming Games To PC
You have to have game streaming enabled on your Xbox One to even be able to stream games to your Windows 10 PC. To do this, you’ll need to boot up your Xbox One, open the Settings, and head into the Preferences section. In this section, you should see an option that says Allow game streaming to other devices. Make sure this is turned on, and then we can start streaming games on other Windows 10 devices.
Now, to even begin streaming on a Windows 10 device, you need to have the Xbox app installed and setup on your computer. In Windows 10, open up the Microsoft Store and search for the Xbox app. Download it to your computer. You can get it from here. Once you have it, log in with your Microsoft account, and now we can actually stream a game. If your gamer tag is attached to a different Microsoft account, make sure to log in with your gamer tag. The Xbox app has to be logged in with the same gamer tag for this to work.
Once setup, open the Xbox app, and then on the left navigation pane, click or tap on the Connect option. Here, you’ll want to select your Xbox One from the list of devices and then press Connect.
Now, we need to connect up an Xbox One controller to your PC — you can do this by simply plugging the proper USB cable into your controller, and then into the USB-A port on your PC. From there, just tap or click the Stream button to start streaming your Xbox One to your PC.
A couple cons…
While this sort of game streaming is extremely convenient, keep in mind that you can actually only do this in on your home network. When you open the Xbox app and look for a console under your list of devices, it won’t show up simply because it’s attached to the same Microsoft account. The Xbox app actually scans your home network for your Xbox One console. That means that you cannot play your Xbox One while you’re out and about.
Xbox One game streaming will work on most Windows 10 devices, but there are a couple of hardware requirements that do have to be met. They are as follows:
- 2GB Of RAM
- 1.5 GHz CPU or faster
- Network connection to your home network:
- Best performance: Wired Ethernet connection
- Good performance: Wireless – 5 GHz 802.11 N or 802.11 AC wireless access point
- Limited performance: Wireless – 2.4 GHz 802.11 N or 802.11 AC wireless access point
If you’re having trouble getting a wired connection to your Windows 10 device, you can also consider the use of a Powerline adapter, which will bring those fast, wired speeds to your device, but without cables all over the home.
How to launch a game
Launching a game from the Xbox app on your Windows 10 PC should be fairly easy — you can click on any game in the Xbox One app in the My Games section. Once you click on a supported game, the game will launch on your Xbox One, and then you can begin streaming from your Windows 10 PC. If it’s a game that requires a CD or DVD, you’ll have to make sure that disc is in the console before streaming.
As you can see, streaming a game from the Xbox One to your Windows 10 PC is actually quite easy, and can make gaming on your console a little more convenient, especially if you cannot be in the living or other room that your console is in at the moment.