The Xbox brand is on its way to becoming an expansive platform rather than a single dedicated gaming device. In this way, it is not even necessary to have a console to enjoy all the titles of this brand. Here we will show you how to play Xbox One on a Windows 10 computer and how to make streaming of your favorite plays or complete games.
All this, incidentally, thanks to the arrival of Play Anywhere, with which the transmission of games to a device with Windows 10 is possible almost effortlessly
With the Xbox One and computer in hand, this nifty guide is designed to show you how to properly configure both pieces of hardware with the intention of streaming games in less stationary locations. Please note, however, that Microsoft only recommends streaming to a device with a 1.5GHz or higher processor, as well as a minimum of 2GB of RAM over a home network connection.
First: check if it is necessary to transmit
You may not need to stream at all. A number of Xbox games are also available as downloadable applications in Windows 10. Because Xbox and Windows 10 play so well together, the data from these games will sync to your console. Start the game on your computer, and your progress will be transferred to your Xbox once you are ready to return to the couch.
To start, simply login on your computer, open the Start menu and select All applications. Since you're signed in to the same Microsoft account you use for Xbox, Windows may have already downloaded some of your games. Check through the list to see if your favorite game is there.
If you can't find a game, you can also go to the Microsoft Storeand search for a specific title to see if it is available for download. Make sure you are in the Windows games section. You can check if the crossplay is enabled by scrolling down on the option Available on the website of any game. Compatible games will be available for both Xbox One and Computer.
Streaming on a Windows 10 computer
First, make sure your Xbox One and the Windows 10 computer you're streaming to are up to date. To do this in Windows 10, click the button Start in the lower left corner of your screen and type "Search for updates in the text field. This can also be accomplished by clicking the button Home> gear icon on the left strip> Update and security.
Xbox One updates, on the other hand, are installed automatically. Just make sure you are connected to the Internet and that the operating system version on Configuration> System> Console information match the latest edition of Microsoft.
Enable game streaming
After installing the updates, the first thing you want to do is turn on your Xbox One and navigate to the app. Configuration, either locating it in My games and applications or pressing Menu on the remote control: this is the same button as Start, directly to the left of the "X". Then select Configuration.
In the application Configuration, choose preferences and make sure there is a check mark next to Allow streaming of games to other devices in the column System and application. This option was enabled by default on our Xbox, so you may not have to do anything at all. Still, it doesn't hurt to check it out.
Connecting to your Xbox One
On your computer, download the Xbox console companion app, which helps control the connection between your computer and Xbox. It may have already been downloaded automatically to your computer.
Then make sure that the Gamertag in the Xbox app match that of your Xbox One console, and select Connection at the bottom of the left panel. You should see a cone representing an Xbox One with waves protruding from it. Then a new screen will open, asking you to add a device. If you list your Xbox One console in that list, select connect. Otherwise, you must manually enter the IP address in the corresponding location.
If necessary, the IP address of your console can be found at Settings> Network> Advanced settings.
Connect a remote control
With your computer or tablet connected to your console, you should see several new options, including streaming Stream Y Test. Although it may be tempting to dive into the transmission abyss first, you'll want to make sure you have a remote control connected to your computer or tablet.
You can take control of your Xbox One and connect it to the Windows 10 computer using a Micro USB to USB Type-A cable. If you want a wireless option, that same Xbox One remote can be used with Microsoft's Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows, which sells for about $ 23 on Amazon. There are also some weird systems, like Microsoft's Surface Studio, that ship with a built-in Xbox wireless adapter.
Note that you don't specifically need to use an Xbox One remote: Xbox 360 controllers work well with streaming on Windows 10. Also, you can head over to Walmart and buy a wired Xbox 360 or Xbox One remote at a price. lower. PDP Rock Candy, PDP Afterglow, Thrustmaster and PowerA produce their own brands, which cost less than Microsoft's proprietary remote control.
Finally, you can take the financial step and buy the new and updated Xbox One remote that came along with the Xbox One S last year. This model can be purchased from Amazon for around $ 43, although we like the more expensive Ocean Shadow special edition for $ 52 dollars and the Dawn Shadow special edition from $ 154 dollars.
However, if you buy a new Xbox One remote, you can connect it to your Windows 10 computer using a Micro USB to USB Type A cable, Microsoft's Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows, or via Bluetooth. If your Windows 10 computer doesn't have Bluetooth, you can get a small adapter that plugs directly into a USB 2.0 port for a relatively inexpensive price, like this Asus model for $ 13.
At this point, if you haven't already, it's time to connect your Xbox One remote to your Windows 10 computer and start the streaming process.
Transmission time, finally
Once connected, you should be free to select Stream and start playing Xbox One games on your computer. When streaming, there are a number of options that are displayed in the toolbar near the top of the screen. On the far right, you can manage your streaming quality, which ranges from low to very high. However, by default, it is set to Medium.
Next to that, there is a utility that shows the total bandwidth, along with the bandwidth measurements recorded by last, average and maximum. To the right of that is an option to stop streaming, a button that turns the microphone on and off when pressed, along with an Xbox button, which can be used in conjunction with a mouse or finger-tap on a touch screen.
Streaming with Oculus Rift
If you didn't already know, a cropped version of the Xbox app recently came to Oculus Rift. The application, called "Xbox One Streaming to Oculus Rift", is free in the Oculus Store, and allows you to switch between three different virtual reality environments ("Ciudadela", "Retiro" and "Domo").
Fortunately, the process for connecting and streaming from your Xbox One console to a Rift headset is exactly the same as that of an Xbox One to a computer. Just make sure that your computer connected to Oculus and Xbox One are on the same home network, and voila, you'll be playing on a massive virtual screen. The instructions for setting up the connection are detailed on the first page of this guide.
Obtaining the best performance
For starters, the Xbox One and Xbox One S consoles have a dual-band Wireless N component. This means that they can connect to the 2.4GHz or 5GHz band, if your router offers both. Theoretically, the 5Ghz option is the ideal connection because it is less "congested" and offers faster speeds.
But the wireless performance between the Xbox One and the router, in addition to the wireless connection between the router and the Windows 10 device, is at the mercy of your physical environment. That said, the physical location of your Windows 10 computer and your Xbox One, relative to the router, is extremely important.
The 2.4GHz band is great for penetrating walls and thick objects, but then again, it's also likely to be the default wireless connection for many devices in your home. Therefore, the 2.4GHz band is not only congested, but is generally unable to reach your theoretical maximum Wireless N speed of 300 megabits per second.
The 5 GHz band, on the other hand, offers a theoretical wireless N speed of up to 450 megabits per second. That's a little better, and this lane is not as crowded as the 2.4Ghz band.
The downside is that the 5 GHz band is not so good at penetrating walls and solid objects. Therefore, to use the 5 GHz band and create a strong connection to stream Xbox One games, the Xbox One must be close to the router. The same goes for your Windows 10 computer, assuming it is also based on a wireless N component.
Wired connections have the best results
Mesh-based network systems replace the standard router to cover your entire home with wireless connectivity. While a single router transmits both bands from a single point, which degrades the signal path, mesh-based systems generally consist of a kit of three or more units that can be distributed throughout the home. Together, they create a "network" to overcome obstacles and solid objects that tend to degrade connectivity. Examples of these mesh-based systems include Eero, Luma Y Google WiFi.
But for the best possible performance, your Xbox One, and possibly your Windows 10 computer, must connect to the router through a wired connection. We know that's not the ideal connection, especially if you want to stream Xbox One games in the bedroom and the console is in your living room. That's where adapters come in PowerLine.
Rather than throwing network signals into the air, PowerLine technology passes data through the home's electrical system, eliminating the need for Ethernet lines. These devices are typically sold in a kit of two and plugged directly into a wall outlet while providing a bypass output in the process, meaning you are not missing a plug.
Finally, Microsoft also lists a variety of additional options on its support site, many of which are designed to improve streaming performance, so you can check them out here if the suggestions above don't alleviate the problem.
Xbox console streaming
Are you not satisfied with Windows 10? There are remote streaming options that allow you to play Xbox remotely, from other devices like Android tablets or iPads. It is generally under the Project xCloud umbrella. To get started, go to the xCloud website and sign up to sign up. You will need a 5 Ghz wifi connection or a strong mobile data connection to play, and you must download the corresponding Xbox Game Streaming application for your device.
Please note that this is still mostly in beta mode, so some parts may be a little buggy, and you probably don't want to play where nerve reflexes are required, in case your signal drops. Next year we expect Microsoft to expand and stabilize this streaming program to make it much more available.