How to play Xbox One games on PC│Complete Beginners Guide

Playing Xbox games on your PC is only a few steps ahead. A lot of people find it difficult to connect the Xbox One Console to the PC sometimes. If you are using Windows 10 operating system on your PC, you can easily play Xbox games on your Computer or Laptop by following a few simple steps.

Normally, Xbox app is available on Windows 10 which allows you to stream games directly from your Xbox One console logging into your Microsoft account.

Before playing your Xbox games on a PC, you need to configure the settings, connect the Xbox Console and controller and finally choose the game you want to play. Here are few simple steps and tips on how to play Xbox games on a Windows PC.

1. Verify Configuration

At the beginning, you need to confirm that your Computer or Laptop is compatible with the Xbox One device and has at least 2.00 GB (gigabytes) of RAM with a windows 10 operating system. It is necessary for steaming your Xbox One with Your PC simultaneously.

Verify Configuration

How to Verify PC Configuration

Step 1: Go to “This PC” of your computer and right click on it.

Step 2: Click on “Properties” in the dialogue box.

Step 3: Check on the Windows edition, Processor and Installed memory (RAM) on your PC.

2. Check for Windows Updates

Before you start playing your Xbox games on your PC, you should check for updates for the latest version of necessary apps and update if available.

Check For Windows Update

How to Check Windows Update

Step 1: Click on the “Start” button which is at the left corner of the PC.

Step 2: Click on “Settings” button and follow “Update & Security”.

Step 3: If your Pc is up to date, you don’t need to go further. But if not, select the button “check for updates” to ensure Xbox One compatibility and wait for any available updates to your Windows PC.

3. Launch Xbox app

The Xbox app should be pinned on your Windows 10 operating system by default. If you can’t find it, then simply type on the search query and follow the steps to installing the app or run the app.

4. Sign in to Xbox Live

Xbox Sign InThe next step is to sign in Xbox Live account connecting your Microsoft account on your PC. If you don’t have a Microsoft account, you should open a new one first. Either if you need to open an Xbox Live account, you can follow the steps to register and create an account following the instructions on the Windows. Once you are done with the account, you are ready to set up your Xbox One.

5. Connect Xbox One to PC

It is time to get connected your Xbox One to the same network as your Windows PC. A lot of people find it difficult at this step. Let me describe the simple ways to connect your PC to Xbox One.

Step 1: First of all, turn on your Xbox One and try to install any updates available. Updating your Xbox One will ensure your console for streaming with your Windows PC.

Step 2: After that press the “Menu” button on your controller and go to “Settings” for next step.

Step 3: Once you go to “Preferences”, make sure tick a checkmark next to “Allow streaming to other devices “.

Step 4: Now, click on “Connect” option in the left sidebar of the Xbox app on your Windows 10 PC and wait for the app to scan for available Xbox One consoles using your internet connection.

Step 5: Generally, all the Xbox One consoles are named “MYXboxOne” by default. Select the name of your Xbox One and the PC and console will connect automatically.

Step 6: Once the connection is complete, you will see another option displayed on the screen. It’s time to connect your controller to your PC. If you controller with a USB cable, you can simply plug into the port or you can also use a wireless controller via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

Step: 7 When your controller is connected to your PC, click on “Stream” and choose the Xbox games you want to play on your Windows PC.

Step 8: After that, click on “Play from console” and the game should launch on your Xbox One. It will immediately begin streaming on your PC and you will be able to play Xbox games directly from your Windows PC.

Here is a video on how to stream Xbox One to your PC, which might interest you to watch.

Some tips for better performance

  • It is recommended to use a wired Ethernet connection for the best streaming performance.
  • If you are using Wi-Fi connection for streaming, make sure to keep the Wi-Fi router closer to the Xbox One console.
  • Using a 2.4 GHz might cover longer range but at a slower speed. So it is better to use 5 GHz Wi-Fi network connection if you want more smooth and efficient streaming.
  • If you are having trouble logging into the Xbox app, check the time and date settings on your PC and adjust it automatically.
  • Sometimes you may need to put your IP address on your Xbox One manually if you find errors after clicking “Connect” to the Xbox app.
  • For continuous streaming without breaks or lags, you can modify the streaming quality selecting “High”, “Medium”, or “Low” until you figure out what works best for both devices.
  • If you find the Xbox is not connecting to the Pc, it might not be registering your PC with log in details. So it is always better to check the logging details before you start connecting again.


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