Microsoft Launches First Preview of Xbox-to-Android Streaming

Microsoft Launches First Preview of Xbox-to-Android Streaming

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Microsoft is allowing gamers to stream any game from their library to an Android mobile device. In short, the tech giant is enabling Xbox One testers to access the company’s latest Console streaming feature. Even more, it is testing its Project xCloud game streaming preview. Console streaming uses a user’s Xbox One to stream any game to a mobile device instead of using a cloud-based Xbox instance. The functionality arrives as the commercial release of Microsoft’s Project xCloud streaming service that the company is currently testing.

Currently, project xCloud is limited to just four games during the initial preview period. On the other hand, the Console Streaming functionality works on all the existing 360 and Xbox One games, which users may have on the personal console. But alike an xCloud, this latest Console Streaming feature is restricted to Android. Even more, it uses the same app to access your home console over the web instead of using a cloud-based Xbox for the same. For now, Microsoft has not announced any plans to introduce this or Project xCloud to iOS devices.

Notably, every game available in the Xbox One library supports Xbox Console Streaming. One can install any game on their console and stream it to the Android device. Although, things will only work when the Xbox One and any Android smartphone or tablet having Android 6 version or higher. Even more, it needs Bluetooth 4.0 along with a Bluetooth-enabled Xbox One Wireless controller. Above all, it requires upload bandwidth of minimum speed of 4.75 Mbps. It also involves network latency up to 125 ms. Currently, the functionality is only available for Xbox Insiders in the US and the UK with consoles that are registered in the Alpha-Skip-Ahead rings. Microsoft says it will be opening up the feature for more regions and areas in the future.