Turn your Xbox One into a PC with Continuum on the Lumia 950 or 950 XL!

For the best Continuum experience, we recommend the Microsoft Display Dock. While some people may be able to get it for free as part of a promotion with a purchase of the Lumia 950 or 950 XL, it'll cost $99 for many others. Before you go out and decide to buy one, you can see how Continuum works with something you might already have in your living room: the Xbox One!

Let's get one thing out of the way already. It's not as snappy as using the Microsoft Display Dock. There is a noticeable lag. However, this is a great way to see how Continuum works on your new Lumia 950 or 950 XL without spending more money.

Here's how it works. You need the Wireless Display app. Unfortunately, it's currently in Preview, and you'll need to be in the Xbox One Preview Program. The program is by invitation only. If your friends are already in the program, they can invite you by using the Invite friends page in the Xbox Preview Dashboard app. The Windows Central community can help you out too. Just ask nicely in the comments.

  1. Once you have the Wireless Display app installed, open it on your Xbox One.
  2. On your Lumia 950 or 950 XL, open the Continuum app.
  3. Select Wireless adapter and then tap Connect.
  4. Tap the Xbox One on the list.

Continuum Xbox

That's it! You can also connect a Bluetooth keyboard or wireless mouse, but those are optional. You can use your phone's display as a touchpad and the phone's on-screen keyboard show up whenever you tap any text boxes on the screen.

The Continuum experience between the Xbox One and the Lumia 950/XL is not snappy, but it's tolerable. The output on Continuum via the Xbox One is 30 frames per second (fps) compared to 60 fps when wired via the Display Dock. If you like what you see, perhaps it'll make you purchase the Microsoft Display Dock for a better experience.

Have you given Continuum a try? What do you think? Sound off in the comments!


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Mark Guim

Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.