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How to broadcast computer games and movies on your Xbox One device through a free application

Easy way to play computer games on your TV, If you own a Windows 10 PC and an Xbox One game console, you may not be aware that these devices have some interesting cross functionalities

Easy way to play computer games on your TV, If you own a Windows 10 PC and an Xbox One game console, you may not be aware that these devices have some interesting cross functionalities. 

With the Microsoft Wireless Display app, you can easily eject games from your Xbox One to the screen of your Windows 10 PC. 

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Conversely, it is possible to stream what is on your computer to the TV you use with Xbox One - so you can control it from your Xbox One console. Get a surprisingly simple setup.

One note, though: this is a wireless feature only. Because the app uses Miracast to stream content from your computer, you'll need to make sure that both Windows 10 PC and Xbox One are on the same Wi-Fi network.

How to stream your computer to an Xbox ONE

Any Windows 10 PC that can connect to a Wi-Fi network will support sending on a wireless screen, but you'll need to download a free Xbox One app.

  • Go on the console to the Microsoft Store (or simply click this link) and download the Wireless Display app.


  • Once the app is installed on the console, open it. It will display a message stating that your console is now ready to connect to your computer. The app also mentions a very useful hint to keep in mind: The console can switch between control panel modes and keyboard/mouse settings by pressing the menu and displaying the buttons (the two buttons under the backlit Xbox logo on the console).
  • Guide to your computer. Once you're ready to stream some content, press the Windows + P keyboard combo. Alternatively, you can click the lower right corner to open the Action Center, and then click Quick Actions. In either case, the next screen will show your console name.

Easy way to play computer games on your TV, If you own a Windows 10 PC and an Xbox One game console, you may not be aware that these devices have some interesting cross functionalities

  • From here, you can choose to extend, duplicate, or set the display on your Xbox One to be the second screen. For my own purposes, I set it as a duplicate so that my Xbox One screen reflects the computer screen.

Easy way to play computer games on your TV, If you own a Windows 10 PC and an Xbox One game console, you may not be aware that these devices have some interesting cross functionalities

  • Once connected, you'll see a small mobile taskbar located at the top of your computer screen and wirelessly connected TV. This allows you to adjust the quality setting (accessible by clicking the gear) between play, work, or movie modes. During the test, it was difficult to distinguish the difference in visual quality between the three. I found that setting up games is best if you are playing computer games only, as it has the least noticeable latency while using the controller.

Easy way to play computer games on your TV, If you own a Windows 10 PC and an Xbox One game console, you may not be aware that these devices have some interesting cross functionalities

One tip: If you have a better sound that is connected to your TV, you can convert the audio to the output there instead of your computer.

  • Tap the speaker icon on the Windows taskbar.
  • Select "Digital Output [Your Xbox One Name Here]"

Finally, Microsoft claims that you can't use the Wireless Display app to view what you consider to be "protected content." Therefore, no encrypted video content from apps like Netflix or Hulu will not work. 

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However, I was able to stream anything I wanted through Google Chrome. If you're having trouble trying to view your movie or TV shows from Netflix or Hulu, I suggest downloading these apps for Xbox One instead.

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