Rainway lets Xbox One owners stream existing PC games (update)

What you need to know

  • Rainway is an app that lets you stream your PC games to a number of devices.
  • Today, the beta app is available to everyone on Xbox One.
  • Beforehand, a closed beta test was taking place for select users who signed up.
  • You can download the Rainway beta app for Xbox One on the Microsoft Store.

Updated Februry 1, 2020: The Rainway beta app has been pulled from the Microsoft Store due to a request from Microsoft. We'll update you as soon as we know more.

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. The developer claims to offer minimal latency no matter if you're on a mobile device or an Xbox One.

A few days ago, Andrew Sampson, the founder and CEO of Rainway said, "I'm also happy to share that our first major game console release will be for the Xbox One in Q1 of 2019  —  enabling all Xbox One owners to play their PC games on the console."

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. Hopefully, the team of Rainway has taken that into account and worked out a feasible solution. However, only time will tell. We'll provide you with more information as soon as we can test out the Xbox One version.

Asher Madan

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.