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Xbox One update prepares for Windows 10 game streaming


Xbox One with Windows 10

The latest Xbox One update readies the console for Windows 10 game streaming and backwards compatibility.

Microsoft has released a new software update for the Xbox One, applying some subtle background changes to the system in preparation for the launch of Windows 10.

The tweak is also said to enhance the backwards compatibility feature announced at E3 2015 and that is currently available to Xbox One Preview Program Members.

Microsoft have confirmed that this update contains “no user-facing features” and that the company is committed to the UI overhaul that will be arriving later this year.

Related: Xbox One backwards compatibility - Can I play Xbox 360 games on Xbox One?

Since the launch of the Xbox One, Microsoft has shown a committed attitude towards integrating Windows 10 with the console.

This is in part so that users find it easier to access content across a range of devices: streaming games and sharing libraries on multiple platforms, for example.

“We’ll treat gaming on Windows 10 with the same passion we’ve put into the Xbox Console", said Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft's Xbox division. “We have to put the gamer at the centre of every experience.”

Xbox One titles such as Killer Instinct and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition are also coming to Windows 10, Spencer confirmed at E3 earlier this year.

Shared game libraries appear to be a frequent component of Microsoft’s vision for the future, so we could well see titles such as Halo and Forza Motorsport sneaking onto the PC sooner than we think.

Windows 10 is set to release worldwide on 29 July. For the first 12 months following its release, users running Windows 7 and 8 will be offered a free upgrade to the OS.

The operating system will also ship with a preinstalled Xbox gaming app, allowing cross-platform play for specific titles, beginning with the upcoming Fable Legends.

Microsoft has made similar promises about PC gaming before, so hopefully the company is more committed this time round.

Also, if you could hurry and bring Viva Pinata to the PC, please...

Kulti Vator

July 9, 2015, 10:07 am

Some interesting stuff happening here:

The backwards compatibility feature is silky smooth on the handful of titles supported by the current Preview, so hopefully I can retire my aging pair of 360's in the not too distant future and still get fixes of my old favourite games from time to time.

Direct X 12 promises great progress to visuals on both Windows and XBox One - and I'd simply love to see a Forza title make it onto PC (SSD-enhanced loading times and super-high texture resolution have some appeal over the already superb visuals offered on the console versions of the classic Forza and Horizon series).

Game streaming from an XBox to a Windows tablet / laptop will be interesting to try out - hopefully it will be at least as good as the slick (in-home) NVidia and Steam Streaming implementations that it will be up against.

Being the underdog this console generation has helped kick Microsoft into action - long may this new attitude continue and flourish across their other divisions.


July 9, 2015, 8:29 pm

Viva Pinata is on PC... At least, it is in Wales?


July 18, 2015, 1:15 am

None of this is really interesting or great from a consumer perspective.

Jon Souter

July 18, 2015, 9:32 am

Good of you to speak for all us consumers!

The ego of some people!

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