Microsoft officially flipped the switch to allow in-home game streaming between Xbox One and Windows 10 this weekend, a major flag in its gaming platform promise for the upcoming operating system.
Promised during the company's feature unveiling last month, Windows 10 is set to be the first operating system to boast compatibility with the company's Xbox gaming platform. While this won't extend to playing Xbox One games itself - despite the similarity between the two platforms - it will allow anyone with an Xbox One to stream games from the console to any Windows 10 PC or tablet. 'This means you can play the great library of games you’ve built for Xbox One on your Windows 10 PCs when you’re not in front of your console,
Microsoft's Larry 'Major Nelson' Hryb, in what must be the most subtle way of saying 'while you're having a poo' ever.
In the latest update, all a user needs to do is enable the 'Allow game streaming to other devices' setting in the console's preferences, then install the latest Xbox app on their Windows 10 machine before choosing 'Connect' and 'Add a device.' Games can be streamed directly, or total control of the console taken in order to use its non-gaming features. During streaming, the console will continue to output audio and video to its connected output devices, but they don't need to be switched on or set to the Xbox's input channel.
The latest update to the Windows 10 Xbox app also includes the ability to start party chat between Windows 10 Xbox and Xbox One users, labelled a a beta, the ability to add selected non-Windows Store titles to the listed game collection, a revamped home screen, and the ability to share local game clips and screenshots for Windows Store games with Xbox Live friends.
Windows 10, which has been available as a public beta for some time, officially launches on the 29th of July, with Microsoft promising a full 10-year support cycle for all users.