Windows 10 can stream Xbox One games to PC and tablets

Microsoft has announced its Windows 10 will support the ability to stream Xbox One games onto PCs and tablets.

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Xbox One owners will soon be able to enjoy their console experience from their PC as Microsoft has announced Windows 10 will be able to stream Xbox One titles on any PC or tablet.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer announced the feature to Windows 10 during this morning's presentation as he showed Forza Horizon 2 streaming from a Surface Pro 3. "With Windows 10 we will enable streaming of Xbox One games to any PC or tablet running Windows 10, later this year," Spencer said. During his streaming, he was able to access the Xbox One hub, which we assume means we'll be able to enjoy a majority of features from the console on our PC.

This is a pretty big deal considering how many PCs there are in the world. Being able to stream a PlayStation 4 onto a Vita or Sony Xperia device is great and all, but Microsoft has just stepped up the streaming game now that any PC that runs Windows 10 will be able to stream Xbox One content.

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    January 21, 2015 10:40 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Windows 10 can stream Xbox One games to PC and tablets

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      January 21, 2015 10:49 AM

      And no body cares.

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        January 21, 2015 10:52 AM

        I care. That makes your claim incorrect.

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        January 21, 2015 10:52 AM

        I care!

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          January 21, 2015 10:58 AM

          That's two cares. Not looking good, baron calamity.

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            January 21, 2015 11:02 AM

            I don't care either, load of shit fucking fuck shit

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        January 21, 2015 11:06 AM

        so negative! I think its awesome!

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        January 21, 2015 11:08 AM

        I'd care more if it was the other way, streaming PC games to the xbox

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        January 21, 2015 11:20 AM

        Xbox One to tablet is pretty cool. Xbox One to PC is pretty pointless.

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          January 21, 2015 11:22 AM

          It might be the closest anyone gets to ever seeing Halo on their PC again, but yeah, at that point, just use your Xbox One.

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          January 21, 2015 11:23 AM

          And phone !

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          January 21, 2015 11:25 AM

          It's not pointless. It's a necessary step to get us to the point where the game isn't run locally at all, but in the cloud. This has been talked about more and more lately. It'll be the next thing. OnLive, et al, have been the forerunners, but it will be what the next gen of consoles will be; if not the end of life of the now current gen systems.

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          January 21, 2015 11:31 AM

          It's not pointless at all.

          Example: Wife/gf is watching latest reality tv show filled with the most awful human beings alive. You can safely play your Xbox from your PC and not be exposed to that garbage.

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            January 21, 2015 11:36 AM

            This exactly. Now I won't need to worry about moving the Xbox back and forth

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            January 21, 2015 11:44 AM

            Exactly. I don't get why so many people seem to be ignoring this, probably remarkably common, use case scenario. I'm guessing most of the people who don't get the appeal are single or, at a minimum, not co-habitating with others. And, to be clear, that's not meant as an insult or a snarky comment, I'm being completely serious. The "wife/girlfriend/roommate/sibling/parents/etc. are watching TV so I'll stream this to my PC/laptop/tablet" scenario was the first thing that came to mind when I read about that announcement.

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            January 21, 2015 11:59 AM

            This wouldn't even be a problem if you were single. Come on, guys!

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            January 21, 2015 12:52 PM

            But how will it handle the wife watching TV through the xbone?

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          January 21, 2015 11:34 AM

          the Wii U essentially adds an expensive piece of dedicated hardware for similar functionality

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          January 21, 2015 12:54 PM

          It is at least as useful as PS4 -> Vita streaming or using the WiiU pad to play when the TV is in use.

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        January 21, 2015 11:33 AM

        wrong

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        January 21, 2015 11:33 AM

        commence excitement about streaming PC games to non existent Steambox

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        January 21, 2015 11:39 AM

        Literally nobody

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        January 21, 2015 1:04 PM

        I do.

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        January 21, 2015 1:04 PM

        What the fuck is up with these posts? They go out of their way to try to create things for people to use, they're doing interesting cross platform stuff, adding value that some people really want (not everyone is YOU) and all people can do is fucking bitch bitch bitch. I'm a huge hater on a million things, but this shit is getting ridiculous. I always thought threadshitting was nukable, but whatevs.

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          January 21, 2015 1:10 PM

          Welcome to the wonderful world of the Internet. Everybody who has an opinion will share it, regardless if it's helpful or not. baron calamity attempted to shit on this bit of news, but I think his comment makes him look pretty ignorant of not only what this kind of service means for gaming as a whole, but also how out of touch he really is to the Shacknews audience.

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          January 21, 2015 1:24 PM

          "You know I really want to play Microsoft's games on my PC.

          But I hate them and their shitty games."

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            January 21, 2015 8:54 PM

            I own an Xbox One. What I really want is Microsoft to put more effort into pc gaming beyond adding me too features that are already kinda available. It doesn't have to be Xbox One ports. New pc gaming hardware, or maybe pc specific games. They have a few ips, or even make new ones. Geez. I'm not expecting much. Just more than "look, you can steam games to your pc from a $300 box you need to purchase separately"

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          January 21, 2015 8:50 PM

          You seem a bit high strung. Chill out a bit. Yes i'm over generalizing but this does nothing for the pc, and pc gaming. Its all about enabling the Xbox One to have slightly more functionality. It doesn't seem to be a killer app or even that useful. A tiny fraction of Xbox One owners may do this but really, its going to be more hassle than its worth for most console gamers. Its an app. not even a part of the core os' functionality. It was a waste of time at this Windows 10 event.

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            January 22, 2015 7:49 AM

            Nope, not high strung at all, just very confused. Yours is a pretty niche opinion, as calling it a "waste of time" when millions are interested is pretty short sighted and sounds almost biased. You may not like MS and their strategies, but that doesn't mean you can just pull conclusions like yours out of thin air.

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      January 21, 2015 11:11 AM

      Neat! Now if it went the other way too, I think I'd really be sold...

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        January 21, 2015 11:19 AM

        that would be fantastic but I'm pretty happy with what they announced. If it works well with minimal lag then it will work great for me

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        January 21, 2015 11:23 AM

        Like Project Shield-style remote play? I like that idea.

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        January 21, 2015 11:29 AM

        That would be nice, but from a technical standpoint I can see why it's not being offered. Streaming from something is dependent on hardware, and PCs are notoriously varied in hardware. Trying to get a streaming app to work reliably with even 25% of the configurations out there would be difficult without direct assistance from the major 3D card manufacturers, and since both are looking into their own streaming devices (Nvidia mostly) that's not gonna happen.

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      January 21, 2015 11:18 AM

      The question is, are you still limited to using a gamepad even on your PC? Not to knock the ability to play games elsewhere without having to move the console, but one of the biggest divides between console and PC gamers is preferred control method. It would feel a bit lame to stream an fps and be prevented from using WASD.

      That said, even if they do mandate that, some bright spark will find a driver hack or virtual joystick on the PC that works for what the app wants, letting us use KB+M. It would just be nice if that was officially allowed.

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        January 21, 2015 12:56 PM

        They might as well allow it as someone will figure out how to get a Keyboard and Mouse masquerading as a gamepad.

        Might be entertaining to see how much of an advantage it gives you.

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      January 21, 2015 11:22 AM

      They absolutely cannot allow a mouse/keyboard for competitive play. They tried this before with Shadowrun on the 360 and it failed miserably. I'm pretty sure it will be limited to offline use only and even then I'd question the m+kb advantage versus console control since m+kb is infinitely more precise and twitch-gaming friendly than a controller is.

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      January 21, 2015 11:35 AM

      This gives MS WiiU-like functionality, right?

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        January 21, 2015 11:41 AM

        remains to be seen if its 0 lag or half assed like sony's

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        January 21, 2015 11:50 AM

        From what I've read, yes. Basically, if my fiancé is watching Dog Whisperer on the TV, I'd be able to stream Halo right to my SP3.

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      January 21, 2015 11:48 AM

      I can't see when this would be of use. Care to elaborate on why this is a good feature, because to me this seems like a solution for a problem that no-one has.

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        January 21, 2015 1:28 PM

        Xbone downstairs with kids watching TV, I'm upstairs in my office and feel like playing some Forza while I wait for some task to complete.

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          January 21, 2015 1:59 PM

          One thing I'm curious to learn is if it streams exactly what's on screen or if you can access your Xbox One games on your PC. If it just copies exactly what the Xbox One is displaying, this would defeat the purpose if it's being used to watch TV.

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            January 21, 2015 2:37 PM

            Since the TV is just HDMI pass-through and the games are running in their own VM I hope it can do both.

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      January 21, 2015 11:50 AM

      MS joking right? This is how Windows gaming gets serious? By streaming from xb1 to PC? Seriously? More interested in native support for xb1 games on PC. Don't need to MS devices in living room. Cmon MS!

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        January 21, 2015 11:50 AM

        two devices...

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        January 21, 2015 11:54 AM

        /resumes loving playing Mario in bed on his Wii U controller

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        January 21, 2015 12:00 PM

        pretty sure MS would love to put xbox1 games on PC but you know by doing that it will kill their console

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          January 21, 2015 12:01 PM

          or they could stream pc games to the xbox one. Crazy I know.

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            January 21, 2015 12:07 PM

            And then everyone bitches when they can't use a kb / mouse to play something like civ while streaming it to an xbox one.

            Everyone loves that sony has remote play that you can only stream to their handheld device but I say streaming to a tablet or pc is a better deal than that.

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            January 21, 2015 12:07 PM

            Pretty sure more people would opt to stream from XB1 to PC than the other way around. At least with XB1 to PC, you have more control over that content versus the other way around you have the wild west of games and hardware to stream from.

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            January 21, 2015 3:11 PM

            That seems like it would be opening a can of worms via control / ui they wouldn't want to have to open.

            Streaming from the Xbox to the PC simplifies that equation simply because Xbox games use controllers, thus they are universally usable on computers/tablets via controllers.

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        January 21, 2015 12:11 PM

        I agree with you ^^^ I would settle for Forza 2 on the PC and be able to play it in three screens.

        I really don't know what the point is I have everything in the same room I press a button on my amp remote to a diff HDMI setting and I play my XB1 and flip back to my PC.

        I guess someone thinks it is cool... for me its a pass it has no value.

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        January 21, 2015 12:42 PM

        Now you can play ugly shit on your over-powered setup!

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        January 21, 2015 1:06 PM

        Hey, maybe you haven't been paying attention, but it's XB1 streaming to WINDOWS. Windows is no longer just on PCs.

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          January 21, 2015 8:56 PM

          Steaming console games to a tablet. So you either have to buy a stand to hold your tablet to use it as a tiny monitor for your console or grow a third arm.

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            January 22, 2015 9:07 AM

            Yeah, because they couldn't possibly design a shell for tablets or some sort of accessory that holds the tablet in a type of controller. Do you complain about every mobile game ever that's not Angry Birds? People play console type games on tablets all the time, your argument holds about as much water as a bottomless glass.

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      January 21, 2015 12:01 PM

      PC to Xbox One would be rad.

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      January 21, 2015 12:40 PM

      Great. We can spend a grand on a PC to stream Xbox One games, making them even uglier thanks to video compression, take away precious memory, network and CPU resources within in the console, and add more latency to every game.

      WHY???

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        January 21, 2015 12:45 PM

        I know right! How dare Microsoft offer more ways to play their games and they must know that everyone on the planet already owns a pc that can play games at max settings..........SHAME ON YOU MICROSOFT!

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          January 21, 2015 1:20 PM

          Consider where you're posting this. This isn't RadioShack.com comments.

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      January 21, 2015 12:48 PM

      This seems pretty cool, I mean for games that weren't already coming to PC.

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      January 21, 2015 12:52 PM

      I was just talking to someone at work about this the other day, so this is fucking awesome. Streaming games to my surface while my gf is watching some shit on TV? Totally awesome.

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        January 21, 2015 1:04 PM

        But now people are going to have to get girlfriends to use that feature!

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      January 21, 2015 12:57 PM

      I'm super not caring.

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      January 21, 2015 1:00 PM

      Options are cool. Complainers are not.

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      January 21, 2015 1:01 PM

      Do you guys think this will work on a Macbook Pro if you're running Windows 10 native (via bootcamp)?

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        January 21, 2015 1:11 PM

        It is a feature of Windows 10, I imagine if your MacBook Pro is capable of running Windows 10 then it will work.

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        January 21, 2015 1:30 PM

        I don't think there's anything Windows that doesn't work normally on a Mac via bootcamp as long you get Apple's hardware drivers installed

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          January 21, 2015 2:51 PM

          Butlocker :(

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            January 21, 2015 6:06 PM

            Is that another name for a Chastity belt?

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              January 21, 2015 6:23 PM

              *Bitlocker (since it needs a TPM to work w/o a pin)

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                January 21, 2015 6:27 PM

                but that's not intrinsic to Windows on Mac, it's just Mac lacking the hardware. Plenty of Windows laptops also wouldn't have a TPM.

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                  January 21, 2015 6:42 PM

                  I mean, it is intrinsic cause I can't get them with TPM hardware, where as I can get Dell's with them... which actually makes me wonder about Filevault's security... but eh. I'm sure it's fine, whatever.

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                January 21, 2015 8:41 PM

                Does Apple use something different from tpm?

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                  January 21, 2015 9:05 PM

                  So the basic goal with TPM + Bitlocker was that the encryption security of the drive was a combination of several assumptions:
                  1. The drive is still in the computer that it was encrypted in.
                  2. The bios and underlying computer has not been compromised (eg the owner of the TPM is still the only one that can get the keys out).
                  3. DMA attacks don't exist.
                  4. The OS is secure from attack

                  Now from the consumer side of things, this is nice. With Bitlocker + TPM in it's default a state I boot my machine, it gets past the encryption bit seamlessly by pulling the key from the TPM, and I log in. The problem is that at this point my machine has booted the full OS, joined the network, etc, so any know issues with Windows at that point can be exploited. This is especially bad if your machine has Firewire/Expresscard(?)/or Thunderbolt ports where an external device will automatically get DMA (direct memory access) where it's trivial to read the encryption keys from memory (there are mitigations for this, but I haven't seen one that still works, 8.1 does a pretty good job in that any DMA devices aren't loaded until after login). If you need to recover the disk on on another machine it requires the super long/secure recovery key.


                  With OSX FileVault (and I'll admit I know less in this regard). You get to an EFI login prompt (not a full OS, just a special module) where select accounts are able access the disk's decryption key with their password. DMA attacks don't work here, but it susceptible to the firmware being compromised by specialized attacks.

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      January 21, 2015 1:03 PM

      I don't own an Xbox but I don't understand the hate. It seems like something that has its uses just like steam streaming, the WiiU pad, PS4 -> vita streaming and this costs nothing extra so why so much bitching?

      If it's because you actually thought Microsoft was going to do something real with PC gaming you were kidding yourselves anyway.

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      January 21, 2015 1:08 PM

      Awesome

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      January 21, 2015 1:12 PM

      If this works not just on the home wifi but when on the road like the PS4 and the vita. Then, wow.

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      January 21, 2015 3:13 PM

      We are witnessing the death of the home console now. It's quite awesome.

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      January 21, 2015 3:21 PM

      I guess its ok. Seems more like bullet point list than something that's actually you know functional or cool.

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      January 21, 2015 3:57 PM

      This is amazing, I don't even have an Xbox One!

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      January 21, 2015 4:32 PM

      Why would I want to do this? My PC is already clearly superior to the XBox One.

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        January 21, 2015 6:50 PM

        PC can't play Sunset Overdrive or Forza Horizon 2.

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      January 21, 2015 8:16 PM

      Hmm I was hoping it would go the other direction...

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      January 21, 2015 9:00 PM

      The primary advantage I can think of is for developers/publishers that only want to go through a single submission process, with all the expense and potential delays that can entail. I think that's a decent offer for publishers who don't want to go through the swampy process of PC QA as well.

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      January 22, 2015 3:58 AM

      I get the feeling this will lead to developers giving their PC ports even less love or even foregoing them altogether because you can just stream the game from your XBox! .

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      January 23, 2015 1:14 PM

      Cool, wonder how well it'll work..