In what’s some very surprising news, Microsoft has quietly enabled PC streaming on the Xbox One, meaning you can now play Steam games on your Xbox, with an actual honest-to-god controller.
The news [via The Verge] is pretty exciting for those who aren’t a huge fan of traditional PC keyboard-and-mouse play.
It works via the Wireless Display app for the Xbox, which will allow you to remotely control your PC with an Xbox One controller.
This is how Microsoft’s new Wireless Display app works. You can use it to control a PC via your Xbox One, and stream PC games to the console and play them with controller https://t.co/tqtqEAZVLU pic.twitter.com/nbX5KySu0m
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) March 13, 2019
On the app’s description page, Microsoft writes: “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.”
The bad news is the app currently has a two-and-a-half star rating on the Microsoft store, with lots of users citing issues with crashing.
Also, if you were hoping to use your keyboard and mouse for the Xbox, you can’t. Yet. Maybe it’s something that Microsoft will look into in the future…?
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