Red alert, Xbox One owners! If you’re in the Windows 10 beta, you can now start streaming games between the Xbox One and Windows 10 devices.
Windows 10 will launch for everyone on July 29 (not a moment too soon, says this Windows 8 user). It’s a free upgrade for anyone using Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. With Windows 10, Microsoft hopes to wash away the bad taste left by Windows 8, as well as allow a cohesive experience for users across all Windows 10 devices. For Xbox One owners, this means more accessible social media and sharing capabilities—not just for game content, but for games themselves.
You can now stream your Xbox One games to your Windows 10 PC. This news post on Xbox.com explains how to get it all set up. Microsoft will be rolling out more updates leading up to the official launch of Windows 10.
One of the features of this latest update is called Day One Experience, and it’s exactly what you need if you’re new to the Xbox One. This feature walks you through the process of making your Xbox Live account, from creating your gamertag to finding games. This is a great idea for people who’ve never owned a console before. And since the Xbox One is our favorite for motion gaming, I think it’s great that they’re including this to make it just a little easier for families to get started gaming together.
Also in beta is the Party Chat function, which lets you easily initiate a group chat with your friends on the Xbox One.
We’ve written before about how great video-game streaming can be for families. For example, if you’re a parent who wants to play an M-rated game without projecting it on the TV for all to see, it’s great to be able to stream that game to a private screen like a tablet, or a PC in another room. Conversely, if your kid wants to play a game but you’re using the TV yourself, they can benefit from game-streaming. If you have a PlayStation 4 and a PlayStation Vita, the Remote Play ability is hopefully something you’ve already tried.