Are you primarily a PC/Xbox One gamer, who sometimes has a hankering to play your computer games on your TV from the comfort of your couch? Well, now you can easily do that, as Microsoft has quietly enabled PC to Xbox One streaming. This is made possible by the Wireless Display App, which has been in testing for some time, but now is available to all Xbox One owners. In addition to your PC desktop, the app also lets you stream Android devices to your TV.
The Wireless Display App is compatible with Xbox One controllers, which ought to make it easy to plays Steam games on your TV in Big Picture mode. Of course, you can stream more than just games to your Xbox One – presentations, videos, and other stuff can be cast to your console, as well. There are some limitations – paid content like Netflix can’t be streamed, and the keyboard and mouse controls aren’t supported. The Wireless Display App supports various latency modes, depending on what you’re streaming. Here’s Microsoft’s official description of the app:
The same casting experience available on Microsoft’s Surface Hub and Windows has finally arrived on Xbox One! Microsoft’s Wireless Display app lets you wirelessly project your Windows or Android based devices to your Xbox One.
- Instantly share photos you’ve just taken with family and friends without having the photos sync through a cloud service.
- Share video clips you’ve recorded with family and friends
- Project your favorite websites with Microsoft Edge to the biggest screen in your house
- Mirror your Android games to your TV so your friends can watch
- Play your PC games on your Xbox while using the Xbox controller as a gamepad
- Use your PC on your Xbox One and use the Xbox controller as a mouse/keyboard
Microsoft has allowed Xbox One to Windows 10 streaming for years, and has been hinting they were working on making the reverse happen for almost as long. It’s nice that they’ve finally made PC-to-Xbox streaming a reality, particularly given the fact Valve recently discontinued their Steam Link hardware.
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