If you own a Windows 10 PC and an Xbox One game console, you may not know that these devices have some interesting cross functionality. With the Wireless Display app from Microsoft you can easily run the games from your Xbox One to your Windows 10 PC screen. Conversely, it's possible to stream what's on your PC to the TV that you use with your Xbox One – you can even control it from the Xbox One console. It is surprisingly easy to set up.
But one comment: this is a function that is only wireless. Because the app uses Miracast to stream the contents of your PC, you must ensure that both the Windows 10 PC and the Xbox One are on the same WiFi network.
How do you stream your PC to your Xbox One?
Every Windows 10 PC that can connect to Wi-Fi supports casting to a wireless screen, but you need to download a free app for the Xbox One.
- Navigate on the console to the Microsoft Store (or simply click on this link) and download the Wireless Display app.
- After the app has been installed on the console, open it. A message appears that your console is now ready to be connected to your PC. The app also mentions a very useful tip to keep in mind: the controller can switch between gamepad and keyboard / mouse control modes by pressing the menu and the display buttons (the two buttons under the illuminated Xbox logo on the controller).
- Go to your PC. Once you are ready to stream some content, press the Windows + P keyboard combination. You can also click the lower-right corner to open the Action Center and then click Quick Actions. Either way, the following screen shows the name of your console.
- From here you can choose to expand what is on your PC monitor, duplicate it or set the display on the Xbox One as your second screen. For my purposes, I have set it as a duplicate so that my Xbox One screen reflected my PC monitor.
- Once connected, you will see a small, movable taskbar at the top of your PC monitor and your wirelessly connected TV. This allows you to adjust the quality setting (accessible by clicking on the gear) between game, work, or movie modes. During testing it was difficult to distinguish the visual quality difference between the three. I found the gaming setting best if you only play PC games, because it has the least noticeable latency when using a controller.
A tip: if you have better audio on the TV than on your Xbox One, you can switch it.
- Tap the speaker icon on the Windows taskbar.
- Select "Digital Output (here the name of your Xbox One)"
Finally, Microsoft claims that you cannot use the Wireless Display app to display what it regards as "protected content." So encrypted video content from apps such as Netflix or Hulu will not work. However, I could stream everything I wanted through the Google Chrome browser. If you're having trouble displaying your Netflix or Hulu movies or TV shows & # 39; s, I recommend downloading those apps for Xbox One.
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