We heard recently that Microsoft is bringing streaming for Xbox One to Windows 10 on table, well guess what? After months of hard work and dedicated testing, the service is finally available. Now the process of it can be tricky but it is not something rocket science. There are a few things you need to know when trying to stream any of your Xbox One games.
First of all, you should know that the new feature only works between an Xbox One running the Preview build of the operating system (version 6.2.13171.0 or later) and a PC running the latest preview of Windows 10 (build 10130 or later recommended). You also need to be running the latest version of the Xbox app for Windows 10, grab it from Store (beta) on your device if you need to. The streaming feature is included in version 5.6.11034. Once you have all the latest updates, make sure that both your Windows 10 device and Xbox One are on the same network (IP address range).
Furthermore you need to use a USB cable to connect your Xbox One controller to your PC. No need to worry about drivers, Microsoft have made sure that the necessary drivers are available in Windows 10 to make it all plug-and-play. After connecting the controller, you’ll know it’s connected after you feel a vibration. If it doesn’t vibrate, it could be that you are using a USB charging and not a USB data cable. If the controller is still not working, go to Device Manager, locate the Xbox One controller, right-click it and select Update driver software.
Then click Browse my computer for driver software, click let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer, and try to install a different driver. Click Next to install.
And it is very vital that while the latest Xbox One Preview build offers the streaming feature, you still need to go to your Xbox One settings, Preferences, and check the option “Allow game streaming to other devices (Beta)”. And if you’re just wanting to try out the new streaming feature and you’re about a room apart from the console, you can always use the controller without connecting it to your PC, as it will still be connected to your Xbox One.
Then launch the Xbox app and from the left pane, click Connect (if you have previously, try to connect to the console, the option will probably read Connected), and you should be able to see your Xbox One listed. Click your console from the list, and if everything is working accordingly, you’ll be connected to your Xbox One. If you cannot connect to your console you always try restarting the Xbox app.
While you cannot use your mouse and keyboard to control the console or play games, you’ll notice that when moving the mouse during the stream, a tool bar will appear on the top with a few options. The options are quite useful, you can click the Xbox logo to go home, turn on or off the microphone, and stop the stream.
Clicking the hamburger button will bring an overlay with network bandwidth statics that can be very useful to troubleshoot your stream. Perhaps the most interesting setting is found in the last button, which allows you to change the bandwidth speed of the stream. The default is set to “medium”, but you can also choose “high” or “low” depending on your network.