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Xbox One testers can now stream any game to an Android phone

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Microsoft’s new Console Streaming feature arrives ahead of xCloud

Microsoft is allowing Xbox One testers to access the company’s latest Console Streaming feature. It’s a new feature that lets you play your own Xbox One games from your personal console on a mobile device. While Microsoft is also testing its Project xCloud game streaming preview, Console Streaming uses your own Xbox One to stream any game to a mobile device instead of using a cloud-based Xbox instance.

Project xCloud is also currently limited to just four games during the initial preview period, whereas this Console Streaming feature supports all the existing Xbox 360 and Xbox One games you have installed on your personal console.

“If you’re an Xbox Insider in the Alpha and Alpha Skip-Ahead rings in the US and UK, you can now try a preview of Xbox Console Streaming,” explains Jonathan Hildebrandt, an Xbox program manager. “You’ll be able to play your owned and installed Xbox One games, including Xbox Game Pass titles, on an Android phone or tablet remotely from your home console.”

Much like xCloud, this new Console Streaming feature is limited to Android, and it uses the same app to access your home console over the internet instead of a cloud-based Xbox. Microsoft has not mentioned any plans to bring this or Project xCloud to iOS devices just yet.

Requirements for this feature to work include:

  • An open or moderate NAT type
  • Upload bandwidth of at least 4.75 Mbps (9 Mbps preferred)
  • Network latency of 125 ms or less required (60 ms or less preferred)
  • The Xbox One console to be set to instant-on in the power options

“This preview is an important step in our journey to deliver game streaming to Xbox players around the world,” notes Hildebrandt. “We’ll work closely with you and the Insider community to gather feedback that will shape and define future iterations of Xbox Console Streaming.”