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
I’d really like to know the requirements for the PC. If you need something beefy then – meh. If you can do it well on some of these $150 to $200 computers then it’s more interesting. Then it’s not insane to equip a couple different TVs around the house to run XBone stuff perhaps.
I’ve been using Gamestream to play my Steam library on the Nvidia Shield Console. I would expect the protocol and overhead requirements to be quite small. Expecting this, I would suspect Microsoft’s implementation should work on any light-weight Windows 10 computer, laptop or tablet that can stream any content effectively. If it doesn’t, its pointless!. Personally, with a Steam Library of 300+ games, I prefer Nvidia’s implementation that requires no subcription fees, unless you use Grid, which works fine BTW. Already owning those titles, Gamestream is a better solution for me.
Yes, MS basically suggested you’d be able to stream to any device in their ecosystem… including on mobile devices, though it remains to be seen how well it works and whether it’ll require newer devices like Continuum will…
While we won’t be able to really test it out till after Window 10 is released, but the XBox One is basically their answer to all previous HTPC functionality that’ll replace WMC, previous 360’s media streaming capabilities, watching TV (at least unencrypted channels), etc.
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