PC to Xbox One game streaming is now possible through the new Wireless Display App

By Sameer Mitha | Published on Mar 14 2019
PC to Xbox One game streaming is now possible through the new Wireless Display App
HIGHLIGHTS

Microsofts Wireless Display app lets you stream your PC games to your Xbox Console. You can use the Xbox One controller to play the games. Sadly, you can't use a keyboard and mouse.

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Highlights:

  • The Wireless Display App is now available for the Xbox One console.
  • The app has been in testing for months now.
  • The app lets you stream your PC games to the Xbox One console and play them using the Xbox One controller.

 

Microsoft is letting gamers stream their PC games to their Xbox One through the Wireless Display App. Players will be able to use the Xbox One controller to play the games. Sadly, you cannot use your keyboard and mouse to play the games. On the app page on the Microsoft’s website, the descriptor reads, “Play your PC games on your Xbox while using the Xbox controller as a gamepad. Use your PC on your Xbox One and use the Xbox controller as a mouse/keyboard.” Apart from playing games, you can also use the app to show off presentations on the big screen. Once the app is installed on your Xbox, simply press Windows + P to cast your PC content to the Xbox. You will be able to watch locally stored videos but you won't be able to watch protected content like Netflix. This is ok considering most major streaming services have great native apps for the console. The Microsoft Wireless Display app has been available to testers for months now. Before its official release, the app was called Connect on Windows. 

It is possible for gamers to stream their Xbox games to the PC using the official Xbox App. This is great if you want to game and have a single TV in the house that needs to be used by another member of the family. Sony also offers similar streaming capabilities. You can stream your PS4 game to your PC, Mac, PS Vita or even your iOS device. Sadly, on the iOS device, you officially can't use the PS4 controller but rather the touchscreen controls. 

Microsoft is looking to make gaming available to players everywhere. The Redmond-based tech giant recently showed off the ability to stream Xbox games to an Android smartphone using Project xCloud. The company announced its foray into cloud gaming back at E3 2018 and recently showed off the project in action. Forza Horizon 4 was running on an Android smartphone playable with an Xbox One controller. Public testing for Project xCloud is expected to begin this year, but there is no information on the network speeds required and whether it will work over 4G.

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Sameer Mitha

Sameer Mitha lives for gaming and technology is his muse. When he isn’t busy playing with gadgets or video games he delves into the world of fantasy novels.

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