One of the coolest gaming features in Windows 10 is the Xbox app. It lets you remotely access your Xbox One console and stream games to a Windows 10 PC. This comes in handy when you're watching a boring movie on the living room TV that your Xbox One is connected to, but you prefer to play Metro Exodus or Tom Clancy The Division 2.
How does it work? In this guide, we'll show you how to stream the Xbox One to Windows 10.
Using the Microsoft method, you can not "stream" your Xbox One console "officially" over the Internet as with PlayStation 4. Playing on the Internet can cause quality and latency issues. Sometimes streaming is not worth the effort. That's why Steam and Microsoft have decided to block the streaming of games for their local area network.
However, there is a method of streaming the Xbox One to a Windows 1
Use Ethernet or Wireless AC
For best results, stream your Xbox One over a local Ethernet connection over your local area network. Of course, not everyone wants Ethernet cables to run right through the house, because it's visually ugly, even if it's draped on walls and corners. The benefit of all of these cables is that you can not see the performance dips associated with wireless connectivity.
If Ethernet is not an option, use an AC-5 GHz wireless access point. A mesh network is well suited because of the way in which it creates a blanket of connectivity compared to the standard router that broadcasts from one point, such as a radio tower. A wireless N-5GHz connection also works, but with a 2.4GHz connection, both networks have limited performance.
Microsoft also recommends using powerline adapters as an alternative to wired connections. You need at least two units connected directly to your wall sockets to establish a network connection through the electrical system. A 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, Powerline technology is heavily dependent on the wiring and switch box of your home, so you get better results with a wireless connection instead.
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 as usual with your Xbox One friends.
Let's start with our guide to streaming the Xbox One on Windows 10!
1. Press the Xbox Button on your controller.
2. Scroll right to highlight the gear icon and enter the system panel .
3. Select Settings as shown above.
4. In the next window, select Settings .
5. Select Xbox App Connectivity in the right pane.
6. In the next window, enable Allow streaming games to other devices at This Xbox .
7. Enable Allow connections from any device or Only from settings specified on this Xbox under Other Devices .
You are done on the console side. Now it goes on to Windows 10.
1. If you have not yet installed the Xbox app on your PC, go here.
2. After installing sign up in your Xbox Live account.
3. Select the console icon in the left menu labeled Connection as shown above.
4. The Xbox app now searches 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 Join .
Now that you're connected, the "Now Playing" screen should appear in the "Xbox App Connection" window. It also displays options for initiating the stream, testing the stream, and enabling the Xbox One. The More link opens a menu to disconnect the console, automatically connect, 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 the gear icon in the left menu. This will open the Settings window.
2. Click the Xbox One category.
3. Next to Video Encoding Level select Very High, High, Medium, or Low.
If you stream your Xbox One console on your Windows 10 PC on the local network, you can change some settings on the console from anywhere on the Internet. You need to know how to change the settings of your modem or router.
Play anywhere on the Internet
1. If you have not already done so, follow the previous instructions for Xbox One and Windows 10. Make sure this connection is working properly before proceeding.
2. Go into your router and assign your Xbox One console a "static" IP address . This method varies depending on the manufacturer.
3. Locate the port forwarding field in your router and reserve the three ports listed below. Make sure that the forwarding address is the same static IP address that you assigned to Xbox One. If necessary, use the name of your console as the rule description. Here are the ports:
- 4838 (TCP and UDP)
- 5050 (TCP and UDP)
- 4900 – 6500 (TCP and UDP)
4. Find the external IP address of your home . Usually you can find this in the router, but you can also type What is my IP in the Google search box to find your public IP address.
5. Disconnect your Windows 10 PC from the network currently used by your Xbox One.
6. Open the Xbox App .
7. In the left menu, click the Connection icon.
8. Click Add a device .
9. Enter the IP address of your house in the field as shown above.
10. Click the Connect button.
For more instructions on using Windows 10, see the following articles: