Microsoft's Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs work pretty well together. So good that you can stream Xbox One games to your PC.
Why should you do that? Maybe because you prefer your monitor to your TV. Or maybe your Xbox One is on the other side of the house and you just want to stream to your PC wirelessly instead of buying a 50-foot HDMI cable to physically connect the two.
There's a catch: unlike PlayStation 4 Remote Play and PS Now, the Xbox One console and PC must be on the same network. Still, it's a pretty cool trick. Only a few simple steps are required to send the feed from your console to your PC.
Using the Xbox Console Companion App
- If you have a Windows 1
- Open the app and log in to your Microsoft account (which is also your Xbox account) when prompted.
- If you're signed in, click the menu button in the upper-left corner of the Xbox Console Companion app window. A list of items opens. Click "Connection" at the bottom of this list.
- Click Add Device at the top center of the app window. The app searches for an Xbox One console on your network. Click "Connect" as soon as you find your console.
- If your console does not appear, enter its IP address in the appropriate box. To find the IP address of your Xbox One, open the Settings menu in the console and then click Network> Network Settings> Advanced Settings.
- After you connect, your console will appear under the Now Playing section in the Xbox Console Companion app. Click on it and your PC monitor displays a direct feed from your Xbox One.
Fixing a Wireless Network Delay
While you are playing on your PC, the speed of your Wi-Fi network may slow. One way to speed up a choppy stream is to use Ethernet instead. You can also use the Xbox Console Companion app to optimize the fidelity of the stream, resulting in a faster image at the expense of image quality.
- To access the drop-down menu, click the menu button in the upper-right corner of the screen next to the full-screen button.
- If you want to view the detailed details of the stream like bits Click the button at the bottom left of the screen to set the frequency, bandwidth usage, and so on.
I do not use the Xbox Console Companion app on my PC too often, but it comes in handy when I want to watch Xbox games at the same time, while others prefer to see something different on the TV. It's especially useful for slow games where the speed of your input does not come into play, but I found it sufficient for games such as Asura's Wrath where it matters to complete events quickly Make progress.
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