Microsoft Brings Xbox Gaming to the PC

Jan 21, 2015 by


Microsoft was all over the news today with announcements about Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and Xbox One, plus new devices, and more! While a lot of the information that was confirmed today was expected, we weren’t sure what they would reveal with regards to gaming on PCs.

Xbox chief, Phil Spencer, came on stage to announce a plethora of gaming news across PC and Xbox One. He started by talking about DirectX 12. The new game development software kit is going to enable better visuals than we’ve seen, and will enable machines to display these graphics while using less power than before. That’s great news for all gamers, but especially mobile gamers who are trying to sneak in a few more minutes of game time on their tablets and laptops. DirectX 12 will only be available on Windows 10 devices (including Xbox One), but it’s already seeing support from major gaming engines like Unreal Engine 4 and Unity.

Microsoft is also going to bring an entirely revamped Xbox app to Windows. It looks like an overhaul to their, already excellent, SmartGlass app. It will continue to offer the ability to interact with your friends, check out the latest games, and scoop the next achievements to hunt.

They are also bringing new features over from the Xbox One to the PC. For starters, they are bringing the full Game DVR experience. That means that no matter where or how you purchased your PC games, you’ll be able to record your favorite moments. Then you’ll be able to easily edit the video clips, and share them with your friends. They even have brought over the ability to record the previous 30 seconds of action for when something unexpected happens.

The feature that we’re most excited to try is game streaming. Later this year they’ll enable Xbox One owners to stream games from their Xbox One console to any Windows 10 PC or tablet in the house. Once the PC and Xbox are paired you can start a remote gaming session entirely from the PC. You can even shut the Xbox off when you’re done. The streaming feature looks awesome, but there are still a lot of questions to be answered. Can anyone else use the Xbox One while it’s streaming a game elsewhere? Are games the only type of app that can be streamed? These and more, will hopefully be answered soon.

Fortunately, we won’t need to wait long to learn more about the plans for Xbox One and gaming on the PC. Microsoft’s next big gaming event will be at the Game Developers Conference in March. And as usual, you can expect a ton of announcements from E3 in June.

Source: Xbox Wire