Xbox Console Streaming Preview Expands to All Countries

Ruben Fields
January 18, 2020

While xCloud will eventually allow users to stream thousands of games to their devices from Microsoft's own servers, Xbox Console Streaming requires gamers to have the title now installed and running on their console as the streaming will occur locally in the user's home.

Following a pretty successful trial run in the U.S. and U.K., Microsoft is now opening up its Xbox One Console Streaming Preview to the world, or at the very least, every country where Microsoft supports Xbox Live. It's more like Steam's Remote Play feature than Google Stadia. Microsoft is announcing the expansion of the preview to all countries this week, meaning Xbox Insiders from around the world can now try out the new Console Streaming feature on their phone and Xbox One.

You must be an Xbox Insider (which simply requires you to download the Xbox Insider Hub), and then you need to enroll in the Xbox One Update Preview Ring.

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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. Of course, a Bluetooth-enabled Xbox One Wireless Controller is also a requirement, as is a high-speed Internet Connection. Your home network must have at least 4.75 Mbps upstream bandwidth (though Microsoft recommends 9 Mbps) and 125 ms or less network latency.

If anything needs work, the app will let you know. You'll also need to own a Bluetooth Xbox One controller, and a speedy home network to ensure your setup can cope with streaming. The games supported also extends to include any offered through Xbox Game Pass.

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