The Xbox brand is determined to make its way to becoming a comprehensive platform rather than a single, dedicated gaming console device. A humble, but significant part of the transformation lies in the capability of streaming games remotely from the Xbox One to any PC that sports Windows 10.
So, you want to play Xbox One games on a PC, and this nifty guide is going to show you how to get the configuration done on both pieces of hardware precisely. You can also Connect Xbox Controller to PC using this way. Keep in mind, that Microsoft only recommends streaming to a system with minimum 1.5GHz CPU and at least 2GB of RAM with a stable Home connection.
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Guide to Play Xbox One Games on PC
Now, Xbox One does support streaming options like Sony’s Remote Play service for its PlayStation 4, where you can effortlessly play all your favorite games on PC. However, there’s a catch, streaming from your Xbox One console to the Windows 10 PC only goes well if both of the units are connected to the same network.
The only thing that makes me cringe for getting an Xbox One is that Sony allows you to stream all those PS4 games across multiple devices using just a Play Service, and the network doesn’t even matter. But we’re not here to criticise, so let’s get started on how to play Xbox games on your PC easily.
Streaming on a Windows 10 PC
First things first, make sure that your Xbox One and the Windows 10 PC or Laptop you’re going to play on are up to date.
To do this in Windows 8, 8.1 or 10, click on the Start button in the lower-left corner of the screen and search “Check for updates” in the search field. Same can also be performed by using the Start button, clicking the gear icon on the left side, and clicking on Update & Security.
On the other hand, Xbox One updates install automatically. Just make sure that you’re connected to the internet and in the OS version, navigate to Settings > System > and check whether Console info matches in Microsoft’s most recent edition.
How to Enable the Game streaming
Once you’re finished with installing the updates, the first thing that you’ll need to do is turn on your Xbox One and open up the Settings app. You can do so either by opening it in My games & apps or just by pressing the Menu button depicted as the “X” for Xbox on your controller.
In the Settings, open up Preferences, and check if there’s a toggle beside Allow Game streaming to other devices below the System & App column. Usually, this option is by default enabled on most of the Xbox, so you wouldn’t have to do anything at all.
Still, it doesn’t hurt to check once.
Connecting your PC to Xbox One
On your PC or tablet, find the Xbox app by searching the Start button to enter the tile-based Start Menu, which is where all the Microsoft apps usually settle down. If it’s not there, then type “Xbox” into the same Cortana-based search box we used a few steps back. The app will then sign into the Xbox Live using your existing Microsoft Account credentials.
If you get stuck or if you’re having any trouble logging into the app, then try configuring the PC or tablet’s date and time to adjust automatically. Usually, you would surpass all of this without any problem but if you experience something like that, then do give it a try.
Ultimately, make sure your Gamertag in the Xbox app matches that of your Xbox One console. Now, select the Connection option, and you should be able to see an icon that represents an Xbox One with waves extruding from it. After this, a new screen will open up, prompting you to Add a device.
The Xbox should now list your Xbox One device in the connections, connect it and you’re all set to rock! Otherwise, you’ll need to enter the IP address of your device in the corresponding location manually.
If this is indeed the trouble, then your Xbox console’s IP address can be found in Settings > Network > Advanced Settings.
Connecting the controller
Okay! We did a really comprehensive guide on how to connect the Xbox Console Controller with your PC so that we wouldn’t dive deep into this port. With your PC or tablet connected to Xbox One, you would be able to see several new options, including the Stream and Test streaming ones. Though it may be fascinating to dive headfirst into the streaming abyss, you still need to make sure you have a controller by your side to play the game.
You can grab one of the Xbox One controllers and connect it to your Windows 10 PC or Laptop using a Micro USB to USB Type-A cable. The wireless option is also available which you can do so by getting yourself a Microsoft’s Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows, which costs you around $40 on Amazon.
The best thing is that you aren’t required to use only an Xbox One controller. In fact, Xbox 360 controllers work just fine for playing games in Windows 10. Connecting to a PC expands your choices so that you can go for other popular third-party controllers like PDP Rock Candy, Thrustmaster, and PowerA.
If you’re considering to get a new Xbox One controller, then I’ll recommend you to go for the Dawn Shadow Special Edition ($54) or the Ocean Shadow Special Edition ($60). However, if your PC or laptop doesn’t support Bluetooth, you can also get a small Bluetooth adapter that plugs directly into the USB 2.0 port for around $10.
Once connected, you can now begin the Streaming Process and start playing Xbox One games on your PC. When connected, there are few options displayed in the toolbar at the top of the screen. On the right, you can manage the streaming quality, which optimally ranges from Low to Very High and by default, it’s set in between the middle.
Xbox also entitles you to adjust the Total Bandwidth, along with the Current, Average, and Max recorded bandwidth speeds. A stop Streaming button to do as the name suggests, and one more option that enables/disables the mic on your Xbox One Console.
Remote play one day?
However, at this point of writing, I’m still regretting that Xbox One owners couldn’t stream the games from remote locations to your PC or Laptop. What if you want to play your favorite games in a hotel room on your Vacation while your Xbox One is still hanging out with your siblings back at the house. But I did hear some rumours that Microsoft is working to offer a better streaming solution for Xbox One owners, more like the Playstation 4 Streaming services.
We can only hope, right?
In the meanwhile, I’d like to get your opinions on this guide. Was it helpful or not? Were you able to successfully play all those action-packed Xbox One games on your PC without facing any complications? Do share your thoughts and let me know in the comment section below.