Xbox One game streaming to Windows 10 PCs goes live for everyone

18 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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Microsoft said late Friday that game streaming from the Xbox One to Windows 10 PCs has come out of preview, opening it up to everyone running the latest build (currently build 10240) of Windows 10.While summer is often said to be a persistent gaming drought, I think we saw some solid releases that could push gaming to a year round affair at some point.

Microsoft also said it planned several feature updates to the Xbox app over the next few days, including the ability for the app to mine your old PC games and add them to your game collection. That strategy may not have attracted gamers in the early days of the new-generation transition, and the console continues to recover from those missteps. As the name suggests, game streaming relays game play from Microsoft’s Xbox One console to a connected PC, allowing a gamer to play Forza Horizon in the family room, for example, while other family members watch Monday Night Football on the living-room TV.

The console and PC must both be on the same network, and you will of course need an Xbox One controller attached to your PC. (Today, that is USB-based, but Microsoft recently announced a wireless adapter.) Setup is simple enough: On the console, navigate to Settings, Preferences and make sure the option “Allow game streaming to other devices (beta)” is enabled. While it is only available to those that are in the Windows 10 Preview, it does mean that the feature will be available to everyone when the new operating system officially launches on July 29. There are a number of high-profile games on the horizon, too, including new entries in the popular Halo and Gears of War series. “Respawn took a chance with Titanfall, embracing what it knew best with a multiplayer-only experience and pushing the envelope with its imaginative twists on classic competitive play.

It’s definitely a frontier to tackle and I think as this summer begins to wind down and we shake off the hangovers from being away from the gaming scene we will see a changed landscape. Bungie’s latest futuristic opus is one of the first true event games of this new generation, and while it still has room to grow, it’s worth your attention right out of the gate.” – Matt Miller “Two years is a long time in video games, and it’s rare that a release so far out from its original incarnation can generate excitement. However, Blizzard’s constant improvements and adjustments have led to a stellar port to new-gen consoles, including the complete experience available on PC, plus several smart bonus features.

A new option called “Start a party (beta) will be found above the Friends list, providing a way to start a party chat or game chat with your Xbox friends across Xbox One and Windows 10. It’s a colorful return to form for Insomniac Games, and a hell of an exclusive for Xbox One.” – Andrew Reiner “Shadow of Mordor is an unabashedly challenging and complex experience, sometimes at the expense of accessibility. Also, there is an updated Featured games section on the home screen below your recently played list, which lets you discover and install new and popular games available from the Windows store. Additionally, you can easily customize your Avatar, change your gamertag, gamerpic, and user color, and update your name sharing settings in one place under Customize.

In the real world with people who don’t dance across the interwebs for gaming news, they hear that the new Tomb Raider is an Xbox exclusive and nothing more. Share with your friends – Coming in the July release, you can upload your local game clips and screenshots for Windows store games to your shared collection on Xbox Live. It is the beginning, the test to see if consistently, literally, paying the game’s developers and/or publishers to keep their game off other platforms. There are several ideas on Xbox Feedback that inspired this change, but this idea with over 2,100 votes and the various comments from fans drove the team to deliver this as a new feature this month. Sony is still playing with timed exclusive online content as they manage to steal the online DLC goods from Call of Duty, who used to sell them to Microsoft.

What’s different about this year is that Nathan Drake will exit the scene, there are many questions surrounding the ability of God of War to continue in its current state, we have no update on Quantic Dream’s game, The Last Guardian isn’t coming any time soon and Sony just doesn’t have a flagship FPS with Killzone in tatters and Resistance on rest (perhaps permanently). What they lead to is quite different from the “Gears vs Uncharted” or “Halo vs Killzone” or “Hey, why do you get the online goodies early?” spats of the last generation. If you had to wait six months to get a game because a corporation didn’t want you to have it, chances are you’ll see the best version with plenty of extras when it does arrive. With the big games costing even more to produce (the costs are just astronomical), they will keep merging into one another to gain the widest fan base possible. In those sleepy winter months while we wait to get the games we were denied by timed exclusivity, gamers will develop enough antipathy to explore the fertile world of digital and indie gaming that has now become a matrix into which games that are supported on Kickstarter are slotted.

Linear experiences can live on, hand holding can die, classic JRPG battles can return, games like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night can flourish once again. As these many Kickstarter projects and other car garage programmers make their way to the network there will be a viable option to fill a space in gaming to give us all some instant gratification during the ugliness to come. Batten down the hatches because you’ll need a safe place while the giants play games with your hobby meant to damage each other and their fans in the harshest way possible: deprivation.

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