One of the coolest game features in Windows 10 is the Xbox app. This allows you to access your Xbox One console remotely and stream games to a Windows 10 PC. This is useful when everyone is watching a boring movie on the TV in the living room where your Xbox One is connected, but you prefer to play Metro Exodus or Tom Clancy & The Division 2.
So how does it work? In this guide we show how you can stream the Xbox One to Windows 10.
With the Microsoft method you absolutely cannot "officially" stream your Xbox One console over the internet like the PlayStation 4. As we have seen with the Sony console, playing over the internet can cause quality and latency problems, sometimes leading to point at which streaming is normal is not worth the effort. That is why Steam and Microsoft have chosen to block game streaming to your local network.
However, there is a method to stream the Xbox One to a Windows 10 PC via the Internet, but you need to know how to access your router's control panel and how to edit the settings. We give those instructions at the end.
For the best results, stream the Xbox One via your local network via a wired Ethernet connection. Of course, not everyone wants Ethernet cables to be stretched over the house, because it is visually ugly, even if it is draped along the walls and corners. The positive side of all these cables is that you do not see the performance decreases associated with wireless connections.
If Ethernet is not an option, you can fall back on a wireless AC 5 GHz access point. A mesh network is good by the way it creates a blanket of connectivity over the standard router that broadcasts from a point like a radio tower. A wireless N 5 GHz connection also works, but you will see limited performance using a 2.4 GHz connection on each network.
Microsoft also proposes to use Powerline adapters as an alternative to wired connections. You need a minimum of two units that can be connected directly to the wall sockets to establish a network connection through the electrical system. One device can then be connected to your modem or router via an Ethernet cable while the other device is connected to the Xbox One's Ethernet port. Unfortunately, the Powerline technology is highly dependent on the wiring and circuit breaker of your home, so you may see better results with the help of wireless connectivity.
Finally, you can connect an Xbox One controller to your Windows 10 PC to play games remotely. You can also connect a headset to your Windows 10 PC and communicate with your Xbox One friends as usual.
Let's start with our guide on streaming the Xbox One to Windows 10!
1. Press Xbox button on your controller.
2. Scroll right to mark the "gear" icon and access to the System panel.
3. Select settings as shown above.
4. Select preferences in the next window.
5. Select Xbox app connectivity mentioned in the right panel.
6. Switch on the in the following window Allow game streaming to other devices setting is below This Xbox.
7. Switch it on Allow connections from any device or Only from profiles that are logged in to this Xbox setting found under Other devices.
You are ready on the console side. Now let's go to Windows 10.
1. If you have not yet installed the Xbox app on your PC, go here.
2. After installation, Sign Up to your Xbox Live account.
3. Select the console icon in the left menu with the label Link as shown above.
4. The Xbox app now scans the local network for your Xbox One console.
5. Select the console as shown above.
6. Rename the connection if you have more than one Xbox One console on the network.
7. Select To connect.
Now that you are connected, the connection box of the Xbox app should display a screen & # 39; Current game & # 39; view. You also see options for starting the stream, testing the stream and turning on the Xbox One. The More link opens a menu to disconnect the console, connect automatically, turn off the console, and forget the console.
You can easily change the quality of the Xbox One stream if the resolution is too low, or if the resolution is too high and causes network problems. In the Xbox app, do the following:
1. Click on the "gear" icon is in the menu on the left. This opens the settings panel.
2. Click on the Xbox One category.
3. Next to Video encoding level, select Very high, High, Medium or Low.
If your Xbox One console is streaming to your Windows 10 PC on the local network, you can change a few settings to access the console remotely via the Internet. For this you need to know how you can edit settings in your modem or router.
1. Follow the previous installation instructions for the Xbox One and Windows 10 if you have not already done so. Make sure this connection works correctly before continuing.
2. Go to your router and assign a "static" IP address to your Xbox One console. This method differs per manufacturer.
3. Locate the port forwarding panel in your router and reserve the three ports below. Make sure it is the forwarding address same static IP address You have assigned the Xbox One. If necessary, use the name of your console as the rule description. Here are the ports:
4. Look up the external IP address of your house. You can usually find this in the router, but you can also type What is my IP in the Google search field to find your public IP address.
5. Remove your Windows 10 PC from the network currently used by your Xbox One.
6. Open the Xbox app.
7. Click on the Link icon in the menu on the left.
8. Click Add a device.
9. Enter the IP address of your home in the field as shown above.
10. Click on the Connect button.
Refer to the following how-to articles for additional manuals on using Windows 10: