NVIDIA and Razer want to make it easier to play PC games on your TV this year by letting you stream PC games over a home network to a box plugged into your TV. But Microsoft is taking the opposite approach: starting today, you can stream Xbox One console games to a PC.
This lets you play Xbox One titles anywhere in your house… assuming you’ve got a laptop, desktop, or tablet running Windows 10 and a fast WiFi connection.
You can try out Xbox One game streaming now by signing up for the Xbox One Preview program and the Windows Insider Preview program. Later this year, the feature should be available to anyone with an Xbox One game console and a Windows 10 PC.
The way the system works, you’re basically remote controlling the Xbox from your PC. That means you can’t play two games at once, or use the Xbox to watch a video while playing a game in another room. But it will let someone else use the TV while you play games.
Microsoft says most games should work as long as they’re designed to work with an Xbox controller. But if they require a Kinect or other special equipment, they won’t be available for game streaming yet. Not that you cannot use a mouse and keyboard for games that were designed to be used with an Xbox controller. But you can use a PC-compatible headset for live chatting with other users while playing multi-player games.
Now what I want to know is if you can stream an Xbox game to your PC… and then stream it as a PC game to an NVIDIA Shield game console using NVIDIA’s GameStream technology. Sure, it’d be pointless. But what better way to test your home network speed?
via The Verge