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Microsoft enables very high quality Xbox One streaming on Windows 10 by default

There's a special quality setting that was hidden away in the Windows 10 that allowed those who managed to configure it to enjoy high quality streaming capabilities from their Xbox One. While we shared a step-by-step guide to get the very high quality setting activated, Microsoft has since enabled this setting by default.

It's good news for the gaming community who own an Xbox One as you'll no longer be required to hack about to get the very high quality. Better still, there's nothing you need to change. Simply start playing and enjoy.

If you need to alter the quality for some reason, head to "Settings" and then "Game Streaming".

How to stream Xbox One games to Windows 10

Source: Reddit

Rich Edmonds
Rich Edmonds

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  • I didn't use this enough to bother with the (I assume registry) hack that was talked about online, but I'll give this a go now over wired. I'll be interested to hear of peoples experiences over wireless, as I found small issues even on lower quality settings, but running over wired it's like sitting in front of the actual console. I do know some people who had good results over wireless compared to me, they were also only on Wireless N like me.
  • Can you stream anything? Or just games?
  • Anything
  • You can't stream certain things like the TV app (understandably) but pretty much everything else can be.
  • No, it REALLY wasn't.  Contrast was low, macroblocks abounded, and everything was given a slight purple tinge. I've yet to try it again with the Very High setting, but unless the quality stuff is fixed this feature I was looking forward to is essentially dead to me. As an aside, I run 4K on my PC, so perhaps I saw more nastiness than a regular 1080p screen would have shown.  
  • Yeah, I've noticed on my XPS 13 (QHD+) that it looks pretty rough on even the very high setting. I've tried it on something with a lower res screen and it seems to be better. Maybe placebo effect, who knows.
  • I'm streaming my games to Surface Pro 2 and must say, aside from the riddiculously small screen the image quality rocks! Colors are jsut the right hue and saturation, on my TV they look a little to oversaturated but streamed onto the SP2 they look amazing.
  • My answer got erased by a refresh, but short: 2.4GHz network: Was play​able with Ubiquiti AP with small hickups, unplayable with Linksys LAPAC AP when both was using WiFi. Almost no hickups when I wired Xbox and client was using WiFi from Ubiquiti, but small periodic hickups when using Linksys LAPAC. 5GHz network: Was as playable as wired with Linksys LAPAC, no hickups at all.
  • Lol I tried xb1 wireless pc wired it lagged but when I went fully wireless it was fine. Guessing it has to do with my router being NVIDIA gamestream ready maybe(doubt it)
  • If I had an Xbox one id try this on Wi-Fi. But what's interesting for me is I get double the speeds on wifi versus wired in to my PC. Tried like 4 different cables and various drivers. No change. So I dunno. But for some like me wifi may work great.
  • Might want to check your router / switch / pc ethernet port(s). Had a similar issue a belkin f5d8633 and a tp link td-8840t. However never had a PC ethernet port die on me.
  • If you've got a ISP provided router that a couple of years old, chances are it only supports 10/100Mb/s basically, if the ethernet ports aren't yellow, you probably haven't got Gbit/s connection
  • 100 Mbps wire will outgun most people G networking @ 56 Mbps?
  • When it comes to game streaming for both Xbox One and Steam I've seen better results on setups using a 10/100 ethernet connection, when compared to a Wireless N connection. I'm not sure how it would compare to Wireless AC, but it's also interesting that the Steam Link will not have Gigabit ethernet, and they still recommend a wired connection (For 1080p / 60 fps) over the Wireless AC connection that the Steam Link will support. I'd be surprised if somebody can't stream Xbox One on at least the High setting over ethernet even with a 10/100Mb/s router being the limiting factor - Obiviously gigabit ethernet won't hurt one bit but I don't think it's needed for 1080p at 60 FPS based on past experiences
  • "encoding level" super ambiguous....what are you setting the compression rate higher (so dropping bitrate) or upping the bitrate (setting compression rate lower) when you increase "encoding level"...
  • I thought that as well don't make much sense.
  • Looks like upping quality, which for video encoding means a more space-efficient codec (so more quality for the same data) and/or increasing bitrate (so more data). I doubt it'll mean dropping bitrate to increase quality.
  • Good comment. The end user need not know anything about "encoding". The setting needs to be a simple "Video Quality" or "Image Quality" and that's it.
  • What PC system specs are required as it was laggy when I tried last?
  • Capable of playing 1080p video?
  • I'm running out on an old dual core, 2Gb RAM Dell laptop that initially ran Vista. I've got to run it on low quality settings but it does the job!
  • One that encodes very high....
  • Why would any of you even think that "Very High" would work at all over wireless? No no no... Get off your lazy butts and run proper CAT6 already... ;)
  • Exactly...my old house had Cat5 running through it...
  • That is true, but highend AC routers work fine also.
  • When I'm wired ny PC goes about 24. When running my AC wifi equipment in around 48-52 down. So if I had a Xbox one it would be the wifi way for me.
  • Oh your running on AC, that would explain it. But don't think it will work over WiFi (AC) as the x1 doesn't support AC :P.... Just dual band a,b,g,n support at 2.4 / 5.
    Here is a link to the ign spec sheet: http://m.uk.ign.com/wikis/xbox-one/Xbox_One_Hardware_Specs .
  • Why wouldn't you? Why would 450mbs over wifi not be able to stream 1080p video when you can stream 1080p Netflix on crappy 3mbps internet connection? In fact if you can't stream 1080p over wifi N there is something wrong, and that something is the Xbox app that doesn't do it.
  • Hell my WD TV live streams 1080p video over wifi N at like 150mbps or less......
  • Awesome, it is noticeably better.
  • I played Arkham Knight on my Surface 3 via WiFi on high setting (not the new very high) and it was flawless. Granted I live in a tiny flat where there are no coverage blackspots but I tried playing BF4 too and again that was flawless. Especially as the missus was watching Sky on the TV!
  • I  get a near flawless no lag experience on a AC router using QOS on 5ghz channel.
  • What are you using for the screen though?  I ask as I am wondering if my little Surface 3 can be used effectively. I get abour 90/35 (DL/UL) through my router (new AC3200 NIghthawk) and was having some issues with lag and video quality.  I think the issue stemmed from that my xbox was upstairs and the router it is hardlined to is downstairs.  However, I think if I wanted to stream it downstairs (which is the more likely scenario) it will work fine.  Just have not tried it out yet...
  • Microsoft: Better and better
  • Nice that they can enable this without an update. Cloud forever.
  • The feature is pretty cool, and seems to work decently well (I played Madden 15 in it once with only the occassional blocky artifact that went away quickly), but the second I click out of the screen to do something else (like load a webpage) it all collaspes.  Functionally useless for me.
  • I use Dell Venue Pro 11 with a Dell 23" monitor in next room. Streaming was great before this, will try again. I did see some hiccups or occasional low quality but it was liveable and infrequent. I have Asus N66U N900 router, Xbox wired, tablet on WiFi.
  • I thought the whole point of streaming was that if one person is watching TV (I have my Cable TV piped through XB1) or listening to music using Groove on the XB1, then a game or something else could be used via streaming on a PC. As it appears to me, yes you can stream but only exactly what the XB1 is showing. Meaning the PC essentially is a mirror of XB1 so you end up with two devices showing exactly the same thing. Is this really the case or can XB1 split duties as I have described?
  • Tried the "hack" this past weekend on my early 2015 Macbook Air with Win10 Pro x64 and it worked pretty well for Destiny. I didn't try Crucible out with it but having an ac router and ac wireless nic sure help make it smoother. I might try Crucible this weekend to see how it really fares.