By now, you’ve surely heard that you can play Xbox One games on any Windows 10 PC or tablet. You’re probably eagerly asking: “How!?” The answer is: “It’s actually surprisingly easy, to be honest.” There’s really not much to it. Check out my tutorial video above, and let’s walk through it:

Step 1: Plug in and set up an Xbox One controller on your Windows 10 PC or tablet. Windows 10 PCs already have native support for Xbox One controllers. Just plug the controller in via the USB cable that came with it, wait for the drivers to install, and you’re good to go. It’ll vibrate when it’s ready to use. Easy!

Step 2: Launch the Xbox app for Windows 10. It’s free, and built into Windows 10. Also easy!

Step 3: Create an Xbox Live account, or sign into your existing account. After launch, you should see the Home screen, and a prompt to either log into your account or create a new account. It’s a simpler process than ever, as well as free. Just follow the steps you’re given; you should hopefully have some experience logging into accounts for things, if you’re on the Internet reading this!

Step 4: Turn on your Xbox One. It might be easier to set it up in the same room as your Windows 10 PC so you can see both at once – but it’s certainly not necessary, if you don’t mind moving back and forth should you need to double check any info.

Step 5: Connect your devices. Make sure both your PC and your Xbox One are on the same wired or wireless network (wireless networks should have the same name). Then, on your Xbox One, navigate to the Preferences section of the Settings menu, and make sure the “Allow game streaming to other devices” box is checked.  Next, in the Xbox app on your PC, go to the left-hand navigation and click on “Connect.” You should see your Xbox One listed as a connection option (in certain circumstances, it will already be connected – for example, if you’ve previously connected in the past). Simply click on your console’s listing, and the app will handle the rest. If you’re having trouble connecting, try restarting the app.

Step 6: Stream those games! Go to the Xbox app’s Home menu, then select a recent Xbox One game from the Recently Played list, then “Play from Console” to start streaming. Alternatively, you’ll notice two live buttons in the “Connect” area: “Test Streaming” and “Stream.” You can use “Test Streaming” for troubleshooting, or to test your connection, but “Stream” is where the magic happens. Click that, and your PC will establish a live stream immediately to your Xbox One. A full-screen interface will pop up, and your controller (the one connected to your PC) will be in charge. You will be able to play whatever game is currently running on your Xbox One, completely live. You can launch the game via your Xbox One, or launch it through the Xbox app (although, if it’s a physical disc game, remember that you will have to physically put the disc into the console yourself – there are limits to what streaming technology can do!).

You can also access all Xbox One menus, talk to friends via Xbox Live, play online (if you have Xbox Live Gold on Xbox One)… heck, you can even play Xbox 360 games through Xbox One Backward Compatibility, all on your PC!

Step 7: There is no Step 7. That’s it! Seriously. There are really just six steps. And since Step 1 was “plug in the controller” and Step 2 was “fire up the Xbox app”, let’s be honest here: That’s really four steps. Pretty darn simple!

Oh, don’t forget that voice chat works just fine too; you’ll just need to plug a Windows 10 compatible mic into your PC or tablet, so you can talk with your friends over Xbox Live via streaming, too!

 

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With over 500 total votes on Xbox Feedback(Post #1, Post #2) we are adding the ability to view, share, and save Xbox One screenshots in the iOS and Android Xbox One SmartGlass apps, similar to the capabilities already available in the Xbox app on Windows 10. You will find screenshots in the Activity Feed, on profile pages, and in the new Capture hub available from the drawer. This feature will be available soon in the Android Xbox One SmartGlass Beta app (build 2.4.1507 or higher) which is accessible by all users; the beta version for iOS is currently limited to users that are already part of the Xbox One SmartGlass Beta via the Apple store (Build 2.108 or higher).

We’re just days away from the launch of Windows 10 and we couldn’t be more excited to share that starting today, game streaming is being enabled for all Xbox One owners with a Windows 10 PC or tablet! Also, as part of our effort to bring Xbox Live and some of the most popular Xbox experiences to Windows 10, we’re rolling out new and improved features on the Xbox App on Windows 10 over the next few days that will give you better access to your gaming world across devices.

Game Streaming from Xbox One

We’re taking the game streaming function on Xbox One, as announced last month, out of preview and expanding it to everyone who owns an Xbox One and has a PC or tablet with Windows 10. This means you can play the great library of games you’ve built for Xbox One on your Windows 10 PCs when you’re not in front of your console. To get started, on your Xbox One console, go to Settings > Preferences > Allow game streaming to other devices and then install the latest version of the Xbox app on your Windows 10 PC or tablet.

In the Xbox app on Windows 10, select Connect > + Add a device from the menu on the left side of the app, then select your Xbox One console. Attach a wired Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller to your Windows 10 PC or tablet. Then, go to Home > Recently Played to select an Xbox One game and then select Play from Console to start your streaming session. Another way to do this is to simply select your Xbox One console under Home > Game Streaming in the Xbox app to take full control of your Xbox One console from your Windows 10 PC. A notification will appear on your Xbox One that a game streaming session was started by a specific user. During game streaming, the Xbox One console will appear “in use” as though the person streaming was in the room.

Xbox App on Windows 10

We’re ramping up more gaming and social features on the Xbox App on Window 10, too, giving you more and better ways to access your gaming world and connect with your friends and the Xbox Live community. New features available in the July release of the Xbox app include:

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-Party Chat – Above the Friends list is a new option labeled Start a party (beta). This enables you to start a party chat or game chat with your Xbox friends across Xbox One and Xbox on Windows 10. Press ‘+’ to invite friends, and simply click on your friends to invite them to an online party.

-My Games – The app will support automated discovery of Windows Store games and a large number of older non-Windows store PC games so they get added automatically to your game collection within the Xbox app upon first launch. If a game is not automatically added, you can manually add it to your collection by selecting My games > Add a game from your PC. The Xbox team will continue to add non-Windows store games to a service-side list, so that automated discovery will improve over time.

-Home – We updated Home to enable easy access to Game streaming and allow quick launch of a game from the Recently played Also, there is an updated Featured games section on the home screen below your recently played list, which lets you discover and install new and popular games available from the Windows store.

-Profile – You can choose to use your Avatar or gamerpic to be displayed to your Friends. Additionally, you can easily customize your Avatar, change your gamertag, gamerpic, and user color, and update your name sharing settings in one place under Customize.

-Share with your friends – Coming in the July release, you can upload your local game clips and screenshots for Windows store games to your shared collection on Xbox Live. Go to Game DVR > On this PC > Share to upload your local clips and screenshots and have them appear on your Activity Feed. You can capture game clips and screenshots for non-Windows Store games and access them via Game DVR > On this PC > Open folder.

-Xbox Avatars – We are updating the Avatars app, so you can use the “Take a photo” feature and save a specific Avatar photo as your gamerpic. There are several ideas on Xbox Feedback that inspired this change, but this idea with over 2,100 votes and the various comments from fans drove the team to deliver this as a new feature this month. Time to head to the Avatar photo booth, select a post or a frame of animation, select a background, and select Picture size > gamepic. Then click the camera icon, and select Save as gamerpic to make your new pic visible across Xbox on Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One.

-Day One Experience – For PC owners that are new to the Xbox ecosystem, we are adding a feature to the Xbox app to help you create a new account, get a gamertag, and then land in a basic user experience that helps you get started finding games, earning achievements and using your activity feed.

You will need to be running the latest build of the Windows 10 on your PC, then the Xbox app on Windows 10 should automatically update to the new version when it becomes available in the Windows Store. Once you receive the update, your version number should be 7.7.16004.00000 or higher. You can verify the version number of the Xbox app on Windows 10 under Settings.

The general availability of Windows 10 is Wednesday, July 29, starting with Windows Insider Program users and expanding from there. We look forward to sharing more exciting Xbox news with you at gamescom in early August. Please keep sharing your ideas at Xbox Feedback.

Larry Hryb @majornelson

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Xbox One Update for July 7, 2015

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Later today Xbox One owners will be getting a system update. This update prepares for game streaming to Windows 10 (launching July 29th) and our upcoming Backward Compatibility feature launching in a few months. There are no new user-facing features in this release as the team focuses on the New Xbox One Experience that will be available later this year.

A number of ID@Xbox titles were featured in the Xbox E3 2015 Briefing, but the truth is, there was no way we could show all of them off. There are far too many and not nearly enough time. But the ID@Xbox team has compiled a list of all of the titles with links to their trailers. Enjoy.

6180 the moon

Acorn Assult Roden Revolution

Action News Heroes

Adventures of Pip

Albedo: Eyes from Outer Space

ALL THINGS GO BOOM

Anima Gate of Memories

Aritana and The Harpy’s Feather

Ashen

Bacon Man

Baila Latino

Beatbuddy: Tale of the Guardians

Beyond Eyes

Beyond Flesh and Blood

Blast Em Bunnies

Blues and Bullets

Buildanauts

Cashtronauts

Charlotte Seeker

Chronology

Clash

Cuphead

Dad Beat Dads

Dark Raid Bot Wars

Deathtrap

Draw A Stickman: EPIC

Elliot Quest

Ender of Fire

ENKI

Extreme Exorcism

FAT CITY

Fermi’s Path

G': Into the Rain

Gemini

Generic Space Shooter

GlitchRunners

Goat Simulator: Mmore Goatz Edition

Great Emoticon

Guns, Gore, and Cannoli

Gunscape

Happy Dungeons

HeartZ

HTR+ High Tech Racing

Hush

Hyper Void

Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing

Inside My Radio

ION

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Leo’s Fortune

Letter Quest: Grimm’s Journey

Lovely Planet

Magnetic: Cage Closed

MelterMan

Mitsurugi Kamui Hikae

Molecats

Munch Time 2

Nature’s Zombie Apocalypse

Neonchrome

Ninja Pizza Girl

No Time to Explain

On Rusty Trails

Ostrich Island

Outward

Phantasmal

Ping 1.5+

Pixel Racing

Planet of the Eyes

Polychromatic

Prismatica

Pure Hold’Em

Q

Q.U.B.E. Director’s Cut

Quantum Rush: Champions

Raging Justice

Read Only Memories

Reflections

Rivals of Aether

Rive

RUN

RymdResa

Sheltered

Shiny

Shwip

Siegecraft Commander

Smash Derby

Soccer Rage

Soccertron

Source 

Space Dust Racers

Spaera

Spoiler Alert

Squid Hero for Kinect

Starpoint Gemini 2

Starwhal

Steredenn

Super Hot

Super Robo Mouse

Super Rude Bear Resurrection

Sword Coast Legends

Tachyon Project              

Tacoma

Teslapunk

The Bridge

The Deer God

The Little Acre  

The Living Dungeon

The Long dark

The Pinball Arcade

The Toilet Chronicles

Thea: The Awakening

Three Fourths Home: Extended Edition

Toto Temple Deluxe

TurnOn

Twin Souls: The Path of Shadows

Unnamed Fiasco

Vermintide

Videoball

Warlock vs Shadows

Wulverblade

Yasai Ninja

Yummy Circus

Zarvot  

Zenith

If you want to read a summary of each title, check out this post at the ID@Xbox website. Stay tuned to Xbox Wire for more news and features about each of these titles as they become available.

Content: BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend
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Game Description: The most definitive installment of the renowned 2D fighting game franchise, BlazBlue, can finally be taken into your living room. Uncover the secrets, of the Chrono Phantasma Extend.

Purchase BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend for from the Xbox Games Store

 

Product Info:
Developer: Arc System Works
Publisher: Aksys Games
Website: BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend
Twitter: @ArcSystemWorksU

Today, we’re unveiling the Xbox One 1TB console, with a new matte finish and more storage for your games and media. But that’s not all. We’re also including our newly designed Xbox One Wireless Controller, and in select regions for a limited time, Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

The new Xbox One Wireless Controller now features a 3.5mm stereo jack that lets you plug a headset right into the controller. You’ll have the option to adjust headset volume, mic monitoring, and voice and game audio balance through the Settings menu on your console. In addition to audio improvements, we’ve fine-tuned the bumpers and enabled wireless firmware updates on the updated controller which eliminates having to connect the controller via USB cable to receive updates. What’s more, you can purchase the new controller as a standalone item in black ($59.99 U.S. MSRP) as well as a new camouflage design in silver and black with the Xbox One Special Edition Covert Forces Wireless Controller ($64.99 U.S. MSRP).

Xbox One 1TB consoles will start shipping to retailers June 16 in the United States and select markets later this month and will be available starting at $399 USD ERP. We’re also pleased to announce that starting today, the $349 USD price on all standard Xbox One 500GB consoles will be permanent in the United States and select regions.

And finally, we are happy to announce that starting this Fall, you’ll be able to purchase the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows to enjoy the freedom and convenience of the wireless controller on Windows 10 PCs, laptops, and tablets. The Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows will be available for $24.99 U.S. MSRP or bundled with an Xbox One Wireless Controller for $79.95 U.S. MSRP and sold in most markets where Xbox accessories are currently available. (Supports up to 8 controllers.)

I posted some high resolution images and a video of the Covert Forces controller at my Flickr page. For more news related to the Xbox One 1TB console and new Xbox One Wireless Controller, check out Xbox Wire.

I have a couple of the Xbox One Special Edition Covert Forces Wireless Controllers to give away and all you have to do for a chance to win one is read this post and leave me a comment telling me what you think of this announcement. Details below:

How do you enter for a chance to win?

Simple. All you have to do is leave a comment to this post responding to this announcement. Tell me what you think about the Xbox One 1TB Console, Covert Forces Controller, Wireless Adapter and/or the permanent price reduction and I’ll randomly choose two winners at the end of the week.

What can you win?

  • One winner will win an Xbox One Special Edition Covert Forces Wireless Controller and a code for  Xbox Live Gold (12 months).
  • One winner will win an Xbox One Special Edition Covert Forces Wireless Controller.

What are the rules?

Leave a comment to this post with your response. Do not @ reply me on Twitter. That won’t count!

Deadline to enter is 4:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm ET on Friday, 12 June 2015. One entry per person. Contest is open to everyone but prize availability might not be available in all regions. Winners will be notified via the e-mail account associated with their Disqus account or Twitter (when applicable) on or about 12 June. We use the Disqus commenting system – read this if you have questions about Disqus.

Have fun and good luck!

Note: If you do not have an e-mail address or Twitter name associated with your Disqus login, you must include this information in your comment to be eligible. Any winner who does not respond to my notification within 72 hours will forfeit the prize. For faster notification, follow me on Twitter where I can DM you if you win. Only comments received at www.majornelson.com will be considered.

UPDATE: Congratulations to the winners. They have been notified via email. Thank you all for participating.

 

 

Content: The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited
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Game Description: The award-winning fantasy role-playing series, The Elder Scrolls, goes online – no game subscription required. Experience this multiplayer role-playing game on your own or together with your friends, guild mates, and thousands of alliance members. Explore dangerous caves and dungeons in Skyrim, or craft quality goods to sell in the city of Daggerfall. Embark upon adventurous quests across Tamriel and engage in massive player versus player battles, or spend your days at the nearest fishing hole or reading one of many books of lore. The choices are yours in the persistent world of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited.

Product Info:
Developer: ZeniMax Online Studios
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Website: http://www.elderscrolls.com/
Twitter: @ElderScrolls

Imperial Edition: Includes The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited and the Imperial Edition Upgrade. Enhance your adventures with The Imperial Edition Upgrade. Gain access to the Imperial race, Imperial White Horse, the ability to craft and transform Imperial Gear, a Mudcrab vanity pet, and the Rings of Mara.

Unlimited Premium Edition: Includes The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, the Imperial Edition Upgrade and the Explorer’s Pack. The Explorer’s pack grants you exclusive access to make a character in any alliance, an exclusive pet, and bonus treasure maps that will lead to some riches. Happy exploring!

This Week’s Deals with Gold

Here are this week’s games and add-on deals on the Xbox Games Store. Discounts are valid now through 15 June 2015.

Xbox One

    

Content Title Content Type Discount %
FIFA 15 Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 60%
EA Sports NBA Live 15 Xbox One Game 70%
Madden NFL 15 Xbox One Game 67%
EA Sports UFC Xbox One Game 67%
NHL 15 Xbox One Game 67%
Sunset Overdrive  Xbox One Game 33%
Sunset Overdrive Season Pass Add-On 33%
Sunset Overdrive Deluxe Edition Xbox One Game 33%
GTA plus Great White Shark Card Xbox One Game 25%
Pneuma: Breath of Life Xbox One Game 50%
Zombie Driver Utimate Edition Xbox One Game 75%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold members.

Xbox 360

          

Content Title Content Type Discount %
FIFA 15 Games On Demand 60%
Madden NFL 15 Games On Demand 50%
NHL 15 Games On Demand 50%
Fight Night Champion Games On Demand 80%
NCAA Football 14 Games On Demand 75%
NFL Blitz Arcade 75%
Zombie Driver HD Arcade 75%

Please note: prices and availability are subject to change and may vary by region. Deals with Gold are valid for Xbox Live Gold members.