Microsoft Xbox One Streaming To Windows 10 PC “Is A Killer App, A True …
New Windows 10 Trailers Show Xbox To Windows Streaming, UI, and More.
Streaming Xbox One games to a Windows tablet has been one of the most anticipated features of Microsoft’s ecosystem. With the addition of the new OS, Microsoft’s (NASDAQ: MSFT) Xbox One will reportedly be armed with an expansive software library that could bring new functionality to the system. I’ve been using the setup since, after enrolling in the Xbox One Preview program and receiving a Mohu Leaf indoor HDTV antenna and a Hauppauge 955Q USB TV tuner to take it for a test ride. The end result is that, for me at least, Xbox One is closer than ever to achieving its vision of being the one device to rule them all when it comes to home entertainment. Microsoft has been doing everything right with it so far, and though the hype is slowly drumming up, the newest batch of trailers that Microsoft released for the software have something that is of interest to us as gamers as well.
The idea is simple: If you own an Xbox One and a Windows 10 tablet, you’ll essentially be able to play the Xbox game on the smaller, portable screen. That’s sort of the vision Microsoft laid out for Xbox One when it first unveiled the console; in fact, many criticized the company after the fact for focusing too much on the new Xbox’s general media capabilities and not enough on games. During a special event at this year’s Build Developer’s Conference, industry analyst Paul Thurrot revealed that Windows 10 will have a segmented launch. Microsoft hasn’t said exactly when the the new streaming capabilities will roll out, but based on other demonstrations Microsoft made, it’s likely that it’ll be enabled it in Insider build 10110 of Windows 10. (The latest public build is build 10074, which we’ve downloaded and evaluated.) What Microsoft showed off looked clean, polished, and ready for prime time, with little to no lag between the controller input and what appeared on the screen.
These include previously announced Microsoft Windows 10 titles, such as Minecraft and Fable Legends, but intriguingly enough, Halo 5 is also included in these trailers. It must be said, however, that Microsoft did hold regular free multiplayer weekends for Xbox Live Silver members as well in the past, so that they can be hopefully enticed to end up as subscribers, but over the passage of time, such weekends ended up as less frequent, being a real rarity these days. Why this matters: Honestly, I doubt I’ll game on my tablet all that much, since I’d have to haul an Xbox controller and a tablet to some other part of my house. Netflix is one key ingredient, and the most long-standing in terms of Xbox One’s capabilities, but the relatively recent addition of Plex was a powerful one, and now this over-the-air broadcast TV support pretty much seals the deal. Not so with this particular weekend though, as you can now enjoy online gaming on Xbox Live for free, never mind that you do not have a Gold account, but only on your Xbox 360.
Microsoft is trying to exploit is how well its ecosystem ties together, and we’ll certainly see more apps and services traversing Microsoft hardware in the Windows 10 generation. But the ability to add it quickly and cheaply to my Xbox One setup, without recurring fees, and with excellent picture quality and sound, as well as OneGuide integration and other neat features like live TV pause and voice control. The exec affirms that certain types of applications won’t be coming to the console. “We won’t see people using Excel on the Xbox, but Microsoft is making it easier to port experiences from PC over to Xbox where they make sense,” Spencer said during Microsoft’s Windows 10 reveal in January. Might we see cross-platform functionality, such as using a stylus to scribble onto a Windows 10-powered tablet and having it interact in some fashion with the Xbox One? Nvidia’s existing GameStream technology and the Valve Steam Link successfully operate under the same principles, simply requiring all devices to be connected to the same in-home network.
And third, we might possibly see some sort of split-screen experience, letting you input your Madden NFL plays privately so your friends couldn’t peek. Sony already offers backward compatibility with the PlayStation 3 via a service it calls PlayStation Now, which streams PS3 games from the cloud onto the PlayStation 4 console.
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