One of the coolest game features in Windows 10 is the Xbox app. It lets you access your Xbox One console and stream games to a Windows 10 computer. This is beneficial when everyone watches a boring movie on the living room TV where your Xbox One is connected, but you'd rather play Metro Exodus or Tom Clancy's Division 2.
So how does it work? In this guide, we'll show you how to stream your Xbox One to Windows 10.
With Microsoft's method, you definitely can't "officially" stream your Xbox One console over the Internet as PlayStation 4. As we've seen with Sony's console, Playing over the internet can produce quality and latency issues, sometimes to the point where streaming just isn't worth the effort. Therefore, Steam and Microsoft chose to lock game streams to your local network.
However, there is a method to stream Xbox One to a Windows 10 computer over the Internet, but you need to know how to access your router's control panel and how to edit the settings. We provide these instructions at the end.
Use Ethernet or Wireless AC
For best results, stream your Xbox One over your local area network with a wired Ethernet connection. Of course, not all Ethernet cables do not want to be stretched over the house, as it is visually ugly, even when draped along the walls and corners. The plus side with all these cables is that you do not see the performance points associated with wireless connection.
If Ethernet is not an option, return to a wireless AC 5GHz access point. A network network is good because of the way it creates a connection capability compared to standard routes that transmit from a point like a radio tower. A wireless N 5 GHz connection also works, but you see limited performance with a 2.4 GHz connection on either network.
Microsoft also suggests using Powerline adapters as an alternative to wireless connections. You need at least two devices that connect directly to the wall outlets to create a network connection through the electrical system. A device can then connect to your modem or router via an Ethernet cable while the other device plugs into the Ethernet port on the Xbox One. Unfortunately, the Powerline technology is heavily dependent on your home management and switching box, so you can see better results using wireless connectivity instead.
Finally, you can connect an Xbox One controller to your Windows 10 computer to play remotely. You can also connect a headset to your Windows 10 computer and communicate as usual with your Xbox One friends.
Let's start our guide on saving Xbox One to Windows 10!
1. Press the Xbox button on your controller.
2. Scroll right to highlight the "gear" icon and open System Panel .
3. Select Settings as shown above.
4. Select Settings in the next window.
5. Select Xbox app connection listed on the right panel.
6. In the next window enable Allow game streams to other devices setting below This Xbox .
7. Enable Allow connections from any device or Only from profiles logged on to this Xbox setting located under Other Devices .
You are done on the console page. Now let's move on to Windows 10.
1. If you do not have the Xbox app already installed on your computer, go here.
2. After the installation, log in to your Xbox Live account.
3. Select the console icon in the left menu labeled Connection as shown above.
4. The Xbox app now scans the local network of the Xbox One console.
5. Select the console shown above.
6. Rename the connection if you have more than one Xbox One console on the network.
7. Select Connect .
Now that you are linked, the Xbox app connection panel should display a screen for now playback. You will also see options to initiate the power, test the power and turn on the Xbox One. More link opens a menu to disconnect the console, connect automatically, turn off the console and forget about the console.
You can easily change the quality of the Xbox One power if the resolution is too low or the resolution is too high and causes network problems. In the Xbox app, do the following:
1. Click on the "gear" icon on the left menu. This opens the panel Settings .
2. Click on the Xbox One category.
3. Next to Video Encoding Level select Very High, High, Medium or Low.
With your Xbox One console streaming to your Windows 10 computer on the local network, you can change some settings for accessing the console remotely from across the Internet. This requires you to know how to edit settings in the modem or router.
Play anywhere over the internet
1. If you haven't already followed the previous Xbox One and Windows 10 installation instructions, make sure this connection is working properly before proceeding.
2. Enter your router and assign a "static" IP address to your Xbox One console. This method varies from manufacturer.
3. Locate the port pedal in your router and reserve the three ports listed below. Make sure the divert address is the same static IP address you assigned to the Xbox One. Use your console's name as a rule description if needed. Here are the ports: 4838 (TCP and UDP) 5050 (TCP and UDP) 4900-6500 (TCP and UDP) 4. Find your home external IP address . You can usually find this in the router, but you can also write What is my IP in the Google search field to find your public IP address.
5. Drag your Windows 10 computer from the network currently used by your Xbox One.
6. Open the Xbox app .
7. Click the Connection icon in the left menu.
8. Click Add a Device .
9. Enter your home IP address in the field shown above.
10. Click the Connect button.
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