Xbox One owners can now stream games from their consoles to their Android smartphones and tablets. PC and PlayStation players have had similar streaming options available for a while now but, until today, Microsoft limited Xbox One streaming to Windows PCs.
Support for Android devices is an obvious step towards Microsoft’s cloud-streaming plans for the next console generation, but for now, streaming to your phone is still in final testing. Because of that, you might experience fickle performance and more latency than expected during your in-home game-streaming attempts.
Potential hiccups aside, users should be able to start streaming to their Android device once they’ve fulfilled the following technical requirements:
To stream from Xbox One to Android, you’ll need
- A Microsoft account with an active Xbox Live subscription that’s also enrolled in the Xbox Insider program.
- An Xbox One enrolled in the Xbox One Update Preview. More info on that can be found here.
- An Android phone or tablet with at least Android 6.0 and Bluetooth 4.0 capabilities.
- A Bluetooth-enabled wireless Xbox One Controller to pair with your phone or tablet.
- To set your Xbox One’s power settings to “Instant-on”
- Adecent home wifi setup. Your home network must have at least 4.75 Mbps upstream bandwidth (though Microsoft recommends 9 Mbps) and 125 ms or less network latency. (Sit closer to your wireless router if you’re experiencing hiccups.)
If you clear that list of requirements, here’s how to start streaming:
- Download the Xbox Game Streaming app from the Google Play Store.
- Once you’ve installed it, open the app and follow the setup instructions to get started.
- Don’t forget to pair your Bluetooth-enabled controller to your phone or tablet!
If anything needs work, the app will let you know. Microsoft’s official streaming program post on Reddit has guides and other supplemental materials should you run into any issues (or are looking for ways to tune up your home network to meet the streaming requirements).