How do you stream PC games and movies to your Xbox console with a free app?

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When you have a Windows 10 or 11 PC and an Xbox One or Series X/S console, you don’t know that these devices have some interesting cross-performance. You can simply stream video games from your Xbox to your Windows PC screen using Microsoft’s Wi-Fi Show app. Conversely, it’s possible to cast content from your PC to the TV you use with your Xbox – you can even manage it from the console and it’s surprisingly easy to set up.

One caveat though: this is a Wi-Fi only feature. Since the app uses Miracast to stream content from your laptop, you need to make sure the Windows PC and Xbox One or Series X/S are on the same Wi-Fi network.

How do you stream your PC to your Xbox One or Sequence X/S?

Any Windows 10 or 11 PC that can connect to Wi-Fi can stream a Wi-Fi broadcast, but you may need to download a free app for Xbox.

  • On console, go to Microsoft Store (or just click this link) and download the Wi-Fi Show app on your Xbox.
  • Once the appliance is installed on the console, open it. Displays a message that your console is now ready to connect to your PC. The app also mentions a very useful trick to keep in mind: the controller can switch between controller and keyboard/mouse management modes by pressing the menu and considering the buttons (the 2 controller buttons under the backlit Xbox emblem).

The Wi-Fi Show app splash screen, working and able to connect on an Xbox console.

  • Go to your PC. If you can stream content, press the keyboard combination Windows + OK. Alternatively, Plug in with a wi-fi show In the View menu of System Settings. In either case, the next screen will present the name of your console.

If you want to stream PC video games from your Xbox with a controller, be sure to choose that button that allows inputs.

  • From here you will be able to choose to increase, duplicate what is on your PC monitor or set the display screen on Xbox as a second display screen. For our functions, we define it as a replica so that the Xbox display screen mirrors our PC monitor.

This small taskbar provides easy access to broadcast and disconnection modes.

  • Once connected, you may see a small floating taskbar at the top of your PC screen and wirelessly connected TV. This lets you adjust the standard setting (accessible by clicking the gear icon) between leisure, work or movie modes. During testing, it was difficult to differentiate the visible quality difference between the three. We found the gaming setting to be best for those who only enjoy PC gaming, as it has the least noticeable lag when using a controller.

The choice to stream audio to your Xbox is in the Play System list when you click the sound icon in the system tray.

A tip: When you have better sound tied to your TV, you’ll be able to change the sound to output from there instead of your PC.

  • Tap the speaker icon on the Windows taskbar.
  • select Digital output [your Xbox’s name here]

Finally, Microsoft says you simply can’t use the Wi-Fi Show app to view what it considers “protected content.” So encrypted video content from apps like Netflix or Hulu will not work. Nonetheless, we were able to stream everything we needed through the Google Chrome browser. If you’re having trouble trying to get your movies or TV shows to watch from Netflix or Hulu, we suggest downloading those apps from Microsoft Store on Xbox as an alternative.

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