Those that are part of the Xbox Insider program in the Alpha and Alpha Skip-Ahead rings in the US and UK, can now start testing out Microsoft’s Xbox Console Streaming service, which streams any Xbox One game to an Android device.
This is awesome news for gamers around the world that would love to take their gaming adventures from console to smartphone without missing out on the usual delights.
Despite the new Xbox streaming service being a bit restrictive and only accessible to a few users in certain countries, its believed it will soon be available to all across the globe.
One should however note that the Xbox Console Streaming service shouldn’t be mistaken with XCloud which is one of Microsoft’s other two streaming initiatives that runs off cloud computing and is similar to Google’s Stadia, and the Xbox Console Companion app for Windows 10 devices that enables streaming of Xbox games to a Windows 10 PC.
Other companies like Sony already have their own remote play services like the “PS4 Remote Play,” which allows users to stream PS4 games to an Android device. Microsoft’s new console streaming service is meant to compete with Sony’s.
In order to get access to Microsoft’s new Xbox Console Streaming service, these are the prerequisites:
- Be an Xbox Insider in the US or UK with a console enrolled in the Alpha or Alpha-Skip-Ahead rings.
- Xbox One games you own and have installed, including Xbox Game Pass titles (no support for Xbox and Xbox 360 games).
- An Android phone or tablet runningSony Makes The Biggest Surprise Announcement At CES 2020 Android 6 or higher, with Bluetooth 4.0.
- A Bluetooth Xbox One Wireless controller.
- The Xbox Game Streaming app from the Play Store.
Once the above checklist is meant, you can now launch the Xbox Game Streaming app and go through a diagnosis routine, where the suitability of your home network, console, and controller will be assessed.
For optimal experience, Microsoft recommends a 9 Mbps upstream speed with latency below 60 ms. The company says expansion to additional Insider rings and regions are forthcoming. Testers are encouraged to share their feedback and provide suggestions at the Xbox Insider Subreddit.
Xbox’s console streaming preview is going global starting today. That means all users that sign up to be an Xbox Insider (see the steps above) will be able to stream their downloaded games directly from their X One to their Android smartphone or tablet.
In addition to this expansion, Microsoft teased that all testers will soon be treated to an Xbox Console Streaming Preview software update, though the tech giant didn’t elaborate on what the new version will offer.
Article source: Android Police
Author: Allan Bangirana
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