Alongside Microsoft's cloud-based Project xCloud, Microsoft is also prepping the ability to use your own Xbox console as a streaming node for games to mobile devices. Dubbed Xbox Console Streaming, the feature will begin hitting the Alpha and Alpha Skip Ahead Xbox Insider preview rings today, as announced via Xbox Wire. (opens in new tab)
Xbox Console Streaming uses your own internet connection to deliver games you own to any device of your choosing. This is similar to the Windows 10 streaming that exists today, except that it now runs all the way to compatible Android devices using the Xbox Game Streaming (opens in new tab) preview app on the Google Play Store.
- Related: How to join the Xbox Insider Program
- Related: How to set up your Xbox for Xbox Game Streaming
To start with, like xCloud, the Console Streaming test will be limited to the United States and United Kingdom, as Microsoft gears up to release it more broadly to other Xbox markets. For a chance to try it out, you'll need to join the Xbox Insider Program as detailed here. You'll also need to meet these minimum requirements:
- A phone or tablet running Android 6.0 or higher, with Bluetooth 4.0.
- A Bluetooth-enabled Xbox One Wireless Controller.
- While not required, we recommend a controller mount for those gamers testing on a phone.
- NAT type: Open or Moderate
- Upstream bandwidth: At least 4.75 Mbps required, 9 Mbps preferred
- Network latency: 125 ms or less required, 60 ms or less preferred
- Console settings: Power setting must be Instant-on
Project xCloud and Xbox Console Streaming are both opening up a world of possibilities for Xbox gamers to take their experiences on the move. Sony is already leading the pack with similar features on PlayStation 4, with Google's Stadia platform gearing up to launch in the near future.
Microsoft might still be in the early days of this nascent tech but is well-placed for rapid expansion owing to the gargantuan server farms it owns with Microsoft Azure, spread throughout the world to reduce the distance between the cloud and Xbox users. Begun, the cloud wars has.
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It took them long enough to add this. Glad they are giving Xbox streaming to mobile and Win 10 attention because the current Xbox Game Streaming for Windows 10 kind of sucks.
I'm in the US and I get a message that says "Xbox Console Streaming isn't available in your region". I also verified my carrier info via the follow up email for xCloud streaming a few weeks ago but never heard back after getting an email saying "You will hear from us soon!". I guess Illinois isn't getting much love from the Xbox team at the moment. Well, Mario Kart and King Of Fighters: AllStar will hold me over until Microsoft enables xCloud and Xbox Console Streaming in my area.
I couldn't get it to work, everything is set up correctly and my Xbox has the streaming system enabled, I'm even alpha skip ahead. And I have a OnePlus 7T, so I'm just scratching my head...
Just got a notice that I've been selected to join the Project xCloud preview, but I don't own an Android device (other than Amazon fire tablet). What would be a decent 7-8 inch android tablet to get? I'm looking in the budget to mid range since I'm only buying it for the xCloud preview.
Look on swappa.com for a good used one. EBay might have a good option as well. Just get a tablet that has at least the version of Android that you need. Most cheap ones I see are 5 or 6 or less.
I'm in the UK. Just tried this. Currently still saying it's not yet available in my region. And I'm UK. My app on my Android phone asked me to set up my Xbox for streaming. But when I click it it has the message not yet in my region. Must any day now surely?
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