Microsoft launches Xbox Console Streaming for insiders

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In a word: With Project xCloud in public preview, Microsoft is now testing another feature with Xbox insiders interested in streaming games from their console to an Android phone or tablet, much like the PlayStation 4 remote play experience. which Sony recently enabled for all Android devices.

Xbox Insiders in the Alpha and Alpha Skip-Ahead rings can now remotely stream games from their Xbox One to an Android phone or tablet. Preview of the Xbox Console Streaming feature has been announcement by Jonathan Hildebrandt on Xbox Wire, allowing testers to play their owned/installed console games remotely, including Xbox Game Pass titles. Jonathan adds that he also spent his lunch breaks playing “Slay the Spire” with the feature through the company’s internal employee take-out program.

While it may sound similar to Project xCloud, this game streaming feature is slightly different as it uses the home console as a server to stream games to a remote device.

To participate in the preview, Xbox Insiders living in the US or UK need an Xbox console enrolled in the Alpha or Alpha Skip-Ahead rings, an Android phone or tablet running the minus 6.0 (Marshmallow) with Bluetooth 4.0 and a Bluetooth-enabled Xbox. A wireless controller.

A controller stand is also recommended for mobile testers, but not required. What they need in the next step is to download the Xbox Game Streaming (Preview) app from Google Play to set up the feature. The app will also perform a network performance test to check the streaming game readiness.

The minimum network requirements specify that the NAT type should be open or moderate, upstream bandwidth of at least 4.75 Mbps (9 Mbps preferred), network latency of 125 ms or less (

The preview does not support Xbox or Original Xbox 360 backward compatible titles at this time, but Insiders can test the feature with their Xbox One game library. Microsoft will expand Xbox game streaming to more rings and regions in the future, while those interested in the Xbox Insider Program to be part of these previews can get started here.

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