Windows 10 can stream and play with Xbox One games

Windows 10 and Xbox cross-play
Windows 10 and Xbox cross-play

Probably the biggest gaming news to come out of Microsoft's Windows 10 event today was that players will be able to stream any Xbox One game to a Windows 10 PC or tablet.

Microsoft Studios and Xbox head Phil Spencer was on hand to show off the feature using Forza Horizon 2.

"Wouldn't it be great if we could play those games from anywhere in our house, from the couch, out back, in my bedroom?" he asked.

Xbox One-to-Windows streaming lets you play Xbox games on any Windows 10 PC or tablet "in your house,' i.e., on the same Wi-Fi network.

Cross-platform play

"Today people are playing games on more devices than ever, and with Windows 10 we wanted to focus on those gaming scenarios across device[s]," Spencer said.

He also invited Lionhead Studios' Lauran Carter onstage to demonstrate how DirectX12 enables cross-platform play between Windows 10 and Xbox using the upcoming game Fable Legends.

The two played co-op multiplayer together, with Belfiore on Windows and Carter on Xbox.

Spencer emphasized that Windows 10 gaming is a big focus for the company going forward. In addition it seems many of Microsoft's universal Windows apps will be compatible with Xbox as well.

Windows 10 will launch later this year.

Michael Rougeau

Michael Rougeau is a former freelance news writer for TechRadar. Studying at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Northeastern University, Michael has bylines at Kotaku, 1UP, G4, Complex Magazine, Digital Trends, GamesRadar, GameSpot, IFC, Animal New York, @Gamer, Inside the Magic, Comic Book Resources, Zap2It, TabTimes, GameZone, Cheat Code Central, Gameshark, Gameranx, The Industry, Debonair Mag, Kombo, and others.

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