If you’re an avid Xbox One player, being away from your console can be tough. That said, you can still play many of your favorite Xbox One titles without your Xbox One — after all, both are Windows devices. The catch is that you’ll need a Windows 10 PC. (Sorry Mac owners!) There are technically two ways you can play Xbox One games on your Windows 10 PC. One is good for when you’re in the same household as the console; the other is good for travel. Here’s how to do both.
How to Stream Xbox Games on Your Laptop
First, there’s streaming. As long as your Xbox One and Windows 10 PC are connected to the same wi-fi network, meaning you’re in (or around) the same house, you can stream all your Xbox One games on your Windows 10 PC. To do this, you’ll need to own a digital copy of the game (not a physical disc).
Streaming games to your PC is an ideal solution if somebody is occupying your TV. The downside is that you probably won’t be playing on a bigger screen. And you can only play if you’re within striking distance of your console; you can’t bring your PC on a work trip and expect to play your console games.
How to Play Xbox Games, Anywhere
Xbox Play Anywhere is an initiative launched in 2016 that enables Xbox owners to play console games anywhere on their Windows 10 PCs. You’ll need to own the digital copy of the game you want to play. And, because only one person can be signed into your Microsoft account at a time, you won’t be able to play on each device simultaneously (e.g., if you and a friend use the same Xbox Live account).
Xbox Play Anywhere works with any Play Anywhere title; the problem is that, at this moment, there aren’t a whole lot of Xbox Play Anywhere titles. The most popular titles are Halo Wars 2, Gears of War 4, ReCore and Forza Horizon 3. For a full list of current and upcoming Xbox Play Anywhere titles, go here.
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