One of the best features of the Xbox One was its local streaming capabilities, letting you run a game on your console but play it on a nearby Windows 10 PC via the Xbox Companion App.
Unfortunately it looks like this particular feature is basically dead, because Microsoft has confirmed streaming to your PC isn’t supported on Xbox Series X.
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Microsoft MVP Radael Rivera discovered this piece of news, which you can also see for yourself on the Xbox support pages (opens in new tab).
Confirmed not supported. wow. pic.twitter.com/MjjVhJFydnNovember 11, 2020
While almost all Xbox games are available on Windows PCs, including the Xbox exclusive titles, it’s not quite the same. That’s mainly down to the fact you’d need a PC capable of running those games in the first place, whereas the streaming method lets you play on pretty much any machine while your console did all the leg work.
That’s not to mention the cost of the components needed to run those games at Xbox Series X-level specs.
The obvious question is why Microsoft scrapped this feature, especially when the Series X supports remote play on Android and iOS devices. While Microsoft may want to push PC owners to its xCloud streaming service (when it launches on PC, that is), there’s nothing to be lost by letting people beam the games they already own onto a different machine.
This is one bonus for the PS5 at any rate. The PlayStation blog FAQ confirms that PC-centric remote play will be supported on PS5, as is the option to stream the console to Android, iOS, and older PS4 consoles.
Let’s just hope that Microsoft sees the error of its ways, and reinstates this feature pretty quickly. Even if, like the Xbox One, the games have to be capped at a lower resolution to make it happen.