Microsoft opens up its Xbox Console Streaming preview to the world

Microsoft has also quietly been working on Xbox Console Streaming, a function that allows Xbox owners to play any owned and installed Xbox One, or Game Pass title on their Android smartphone or tablet with minimal effort.

The feature has been available to select Xbox Insider program testers for a while now, but Microsoft is finally opening it up more broadly. Starting now, as long as you live in one of the many, many countries on this list, you’ll be able to take advantage of Xbox Console Streaming. If you want to do so, you’ll need to sign up for the Xbox Insider program and enroll in the Xbox One Update Preview ring.

Once you’ve done so, open up the Google Play Store on your Android device and snag the Xbox Game Streaming (Preview) app. The rest of the instructions will be fed to you through this app, so it should be pretty straightforward.

Microsoft’s Jonathan Hildebrandt says that the company views “the public preview as an important step in our journey to deliver game streaming to Xbox players around the world.” He added that the company has been pleased by the feedback given by early-access testers in the US and UK since tests began.

Hildebrandt also said that users can expect performance updates, and more, in the near future with the next update. Hopefully, it won’t be long before everyone can grab some game time while they’re away from the living room.

In terms of other requirements, the Preview will demand a Bluetooth 4.0-supported Xbox controller, an Android device running version 6.0 (or higher) of the OS, as well as a Microsoft Account. A high-speed internet connection would help, too, but that’s nothing new for this sort of service. Microsoft recommends a controller mount, but that’s not strictly necessary.

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