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PC Game Streaming Coming to Xbox One

With the launch of Windows 10 today (July 29), Xbox One gamers can stream their console games to any PC or tablet running the new operating system. While you can't do the opposite -- beam your PC games to your living room -- Microsoft promises that the functionality is on its way. 

In an interview with The Verge, Xbox head Phil Spencer confirmed that Microsoft is working on bringing PC game streaming to the Xbox One. Just last week Spencer revealed via Twitter that mouse and keyboard support was coming to Microsoft's games system, so the ability to play PC games in their entirety seems like a logical next step.

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According to Spencer, streaming PC games to Xbox One is considerably more challenging than doing the opposite. Xbox One games being streamed to Windows 10 all come from the same type of machine, but when going from PC to Xbox, Microsoft's console must be able to recognize all different types of personal computers.

"It's actually a little more challenging doing the encoding on the PC side to the Xbox, but challenge is good," Spencer told The Verge.

There's no estimated time frame for when PC-to-Xbox streaming may arrive. Similar functionality is available on Android-based set-top boxes such as the Nvidia Shield and Razer Forge TV, both of which let you play PC games in the living room.

Windows 10 heralds a new desktop-based Xbox app, which allows you to stream Xbox One games to your PC or tablet, record gameplay on your PC and keep up with your friends on Xbox Live. Select upcoming games, such as Gigantic and Fable Legends, will support cross-platform play between Xbox One and Windows 10.

Xbox One game streaming worked well when we tried it earlier this year, and we plan on testing the functionality on a range of budget and high-end Windows devices. For a complete breakdown on Windows 10's pros and cons, check out our full review.

Mike Andronico is an Associate Editor at Tom's Guide. Follow Mike at @MikeAndronico. Follow us  @TomsGuide, on  Facebook and on  Google+.