If you have an Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, or one of the previous generation models, there may be times when you want to get into some serious gaming, but the primary TV screen that the console is connected to is already in place. use, whether by family members or roommates.
The solution is to run games from your Xbox but play them on your laptop. It’s easier than you think to stream the game to another device on the same Wi-Fi network. In some scenarios, it even works over the internet, so you might be sitting on your laptop in a hotel room and continue playing games from your Xbox.
It’s much simpler on Windows computers, with Microsoft making both Windows and Xbox consoles, but there are options to discuss if you’re on a Mac as well. Here’s everything you need to know and how to set it up.
How to Play Xbox Games on a Windows Laptop
Xbox and Windows work great together (thanks, Microsoft). Assuming you’re signed into your Microsoft account on both your Xbox and your Windows laptop, and connected to the same Wi-Fi network on both, you’re almost there already.
On Xbox One X and Xbox One S:
- Head toward Settings, Choose Device & Connections, then Remote Features
- Check the Enable remote features box (you will receive a quick report on the status of your internet connection to indicate how well remote play can work).
- To choose Xbox app preferences
- To select Allow connections from any device and Allow game streaming to other devices.
Now is the time to turn your attention to Windows, but leave your console on until then.
Find and launch the Xbox app, which is part of both Windows 10 and Windows 11 (if it’s not there for some reason, you can download it). The app should be smart enough to spot the Xbox on your local network or even the web. Click the console icon at the top (just to the right of the search bar), then choose the Xbox you want to connect to. You will be connected to your Xbox console and you can start playing.
In the same drop-down menu, choose See my list of consoles to access some additional options. You’ll be able to see the games you’ve recently played and the achievements you’ve accumulated on your console, for example. Click on the three dots next to your Xbox and choose Rename Console if you need to give it a more descriptive name (this can be handy if you have more than one Xbox in the house). You can choose Delete Console thus, to disconnect it from the Xbox app.
You’ll also need an Xbox controller plugged into your Windows laptop: you can’t just start controlling your games with a mouse and keyboard. As with all other parts of the process, it’s pretty straightforward, as you can either plug in a controller via USB or connect one as a Bluetooth device.
How to Play Xbox Games on a MacBook or Other Devices
As you might expect, it’s not that easy to stream your Xbox games to a MacBook. There’s no official Xbox app for macOS, and no official way to stream anything running on your Microsoft console to an Apple computer. If this is something you want to do, you might want to consider investing in a Windows computer.
There is a third-party solution in the form of OneCast, although it only works with older Xbox One X and Xbox One S consoles, and it will cost you $19.99. You need to do the same setup on Xbox that we mentioned above, then when you launch the OneCast software on macOS, the console should be recognized.
One caveat to keep in mind is that OneCast only works on local Wi-Fi networks, not the wider web, so you can’t use the app to play on your Xbox from the other. end of the world. Plus, you have to use your regular Xbox controller, so you’re limited by Bluetooth range (one floor up or down should suffice).
Although Xbox Remote Play is not officially available for macOS, there are Xbox apps for iPhone, iPad, and android devices — so if you have a mobile device, you can stream games from your Xbox without much hassle. The Xbox setup is the same and on your phone or tablet you just need to sign in using your Microsoft account credentials. Again, you’ll need to connect an Xbox controller (via Bluetooth) to play.
How to Play Xbox Games on a Phone or Laptop, Without an Xbox
A final related option is Xbox cloud gaming, which streams games directly from the cloud rather than your current Xbox. It works on both Windows and macOS (as well as mobile devices), but you can’t access it for free: you need Xbox Game Pass, which will cost you $14.99 per month.
Note that this is separate from games on your actual Xbox – your purchases and progress are separate – but it’s a way to get Xbox games working on Apple devices, without even having to buy an Xbox.
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