Microsoft first teased its plans for streaming Xbox One games to Windows 10 PCs back in January. We got an early look at the feature nearly two months ago, and Microsoft is ready to let people test it today. The feature is part of a new Xbox app for Windows 10, and it simply lets you remote control an Xbox One console. It’s designed to be used on a local network and for someone to play an Xbox One game on a Windows 10 laptop in another room. That does mean you can’t watch Netflix or TV on the Xbox One and have someone remotely play games in another room all at the same time.
PC headsets and microphones are supported
The game streaming to Windows 10 is available now for Xbox One Preview members, and most games are supported. Microsoft says that Kinect titles and games requiring special hardware not supported on a PC won’t work, but everything else should be able to stream just fine. Multiplayer and voice chat via the Xbox One will also be supported while you’re streaming a game, so you can use a Windows-compatible microphone or headset to chat to Xbox Live friends from your Windows 10 PC or laptop.
Both Xbox 360 and Xbox One controllers will be supported, but racing wheels or flight sticks are not supported just yet. Once Microsoft’s Xbox wireless adapter is available later this year, Windows 10 users will be able to use Xbox One controllers wirelessly. Most importantly, mouse and keyboard input will not be supported to play Xbox One controller-based games. You will need to use an Xbox One controller to play any games streamed to Windows 10. If you’re a Twitch user then be warned that this app and Game DVR functionality will be disabled while games are being streamed to Windows 10.