Xbox streaming Windows 10

Microsoft keeps moving away from the Xbox console as the only way to play its games. Further going in that direction, the company announced that it has made it so you can stream Xbox games through the Windows 10 PC Xbox App.

How to Play Xbox Games on the Windows 10 PC Xbox App

If you want a quick and easy way to stream Xbox games over the cloud without a console, you can use the Windows 10 PC Xbox App, but there are some requirements.

First, you’ll have to be an Xbox Insider, which is Microsoft’s beta program for Xbox features.

You’ll also have to be an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscriber.

To become an Xbox Insider, you will need to use either an Xbox or Windows 10 PC. On Xbox, download the “Xbox Insider bundle” from the Store. This will install both the Xbox Insider Hub and the Report a problem app.

If you’re using a Windows 10 PC, you’ll need to download the “Xbox Insider Hub” app from the Windows Store.

Once you’re in the Insiders program, ensure your Xbox App is updated on your PC and then click “cloud games.” As long as you have a compatible controller connected to your PC, you’ll be ready to hop in and start streaming games from the Cloud to your computer. You don’t need to have hardware that’s powerful to run these graphically advanced games, either. It’s all cloud-based.

You’ve been able to play Xbox games on Windows through the cloud using a browser for some time now, but the significant change here is that you can do it right from the Xbox app, rather than having to load everything up through your computer’s browser.

What Games Are Available?

In total, there are more than 100 games available for streaming on Windows 10. Microsoft has a full list on its website, but some standouts include Minecraft, FIFA 21, Forza Horizon 4, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Sea of Thieves, and Destiny 2.

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