Rainway PC game streaming app pulled from Xbox One
Let's hope it comes back!
What you need to know
- Rainway is an app that lets you stream your PC games to a number of devices.
- Recently, the beta app became available to everyone on Xbox One.
- It's no longer available on the Microsoft Store.
- The Rainway says it was removed due to a request from Microsoft.
Towards the beginning of last year, a service called Rainway made headlines by announcing that it would allow you to stream your existing PC games to Xbox One. There are already ways to stream PC games to Xbox One — like through Miracast — but that results in a lot of lag. Rainway is much better judging from the beta.
While Rainway isn't a traditional subscription-based streaming service like PlayStation Now, it still allows you to play all of your existing PC games on a number of devices as long as they're connected to the internet. You have to download a Rainway client on your PC and then can access your games even from a browser.
Thank you for your overwhelming response to Rainway on the Xbox One Beta.
Unfortunately, due to unexpected circumstances, Microsoft has asked us to remove Rainway from the app store. We are continuing to work with Microsoft to bring Rainway back to the Xbox.Thank you for your overwhelming response to Rainway on the Xbox One Beta.
Unfortunately, due to unexpected circumstances, Microsoft has asked us to remove Rainway from the app store. We are continuing to work with Microsoft to bring Rainway back to the Xbox.— Rainway (@RainwayApp) February 1, 2020February 1, 2020
A few days ago, the Rainway beta became available on Xbox One. Unfortunately, it was pulled yesterday at the request of Microsoft. Luckily, the team is working with Microsoft to bring the beta back to Xbox One. We don't know anything about that at the moment.
Hopefully, Rainway will prevail where other services have failed. The main problem with game streaming is the input lag. If your internet connection isn't strong enough or there's an issue with the servers, games can become unplayable.
Huge shoutout to Kylerose7298 for the tip.
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