Gone are the days of having to retreat to your living room to play your favorite Xbox games. On Tuesday, Microsoft unveiled the first preview for it’s Xbox streaming feature. This latest feature allows users to steam certain Xbox One games to their android phone, provided they meet a very specific set of criteria.
In order to access this service, you must live in either the US or UK, be an Xbox insider in the alpha or alpha skip-ahead rings ( a program that allows users to preview new beta features months a head of everyone else), own a device running android 6.0 or higher and finally, you’ll need to own a bluetooth-capable Xbox one wireless controller.
Once you’ve managed to complete this extensive checklist of requirements, simply download the Xbox game streaming app to your console, and you’ll be able to play a round of Forza or Gears 5 on your commute to work. Microsoft does recommend you have an upstream bandwidth of between 4.75 Mbps to 9 Mbps for the service to run seamlessly.
Xbox project manager Jonathan Hildebrandt explains: “You’ll be able to play your owned and installed Xbox One games, including Xbox Game Pass titles, on an Android phone or tablet remotely from your home console.”
He then went on to say that “We’ll work closely with you and the Insider community to gather feedback that will shape and define future iterations of Xbox Console Streaming.”
The service is currently only available for Xbox One games, but Microsoft plans on expanding the preview feature to Xbox and Xbox360 games, along with expanding the service to more regions around the world.