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How to stream PC games and movies to your Xbox console with a free app

If you own a Windows 10 or 11 PC and an Xbox One or Series X/S, you might not realize that these devices have some interesting cross-functionality. Use Microsoft Wireless Display application, you can easily Bring games from Xbox to your Windows PC screen. Conversely, it’s possible to stream what’s on your PC to the TV you use with your Xbox — you can even control it from your console, and setting it up is surprisingly simple.

One note: This is a wireless only feature. Since the app uses Miracast to stream content from your computer, you’ll need to make sure that both your Windows PC and Xbox One or Series X/S are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

How to stream your PC to your Xbox One or Series X/S.

Any Windows 10 or 11 PC that can connect to a Wi-Fi network supports casting to a wireless display, but you’ll need to download a free Xbox app.

  • On the console, go to the Microsoft Store (or simply Click on this link) and download the Wireless Display app on your Xbox.
  • Once the app is installed on the console, open it. It will display a message that your console is now ready to connect to your computer. The app also mentions a very useful tip to keep in mind: the console can switch between gamepad and keyboard/mouse control modes by pressing the menu and display buttons (the two buttons below the backlit Xbox logo on the console).

The Wireless Display app landing screen, turned on and ready to connect to your Xbox console.

  • Head to your computer. Once you are ready to stream some content, press the keyboard combination Windows + K. Alternatively, you can click Connect to a wireless display in the display menu of the system settings. In either case, the next screen will display the name of your console.

Make sure to select this button to allow input if you want to play Xbox streaming PC games with a console.

  • From here, you can choose to extend or duplicate what’s on your PC screen, or set the display on your Xbox as a second screen. For our purposes, we set it as a duplicate so that the Xbox screen mirrors our PC screen.

This small taskbar gives you easy access to broadcast and disconnect modes.

  • Once connected, you will see a small animated taskbar located at the top of your computer screen and your wirelessly connected TV. This allows you to adjust the quality setting (which can be accessed by clicking the gear icon) between Game, Work, or Movie modes. During testing, it was difficult to discern the difference in visual quality between the three. We found that the game setting is best if you only play PC games, as it has the least noticeable latency while using a console.

The option to stream audio to your Xbox is in the playback devices list, when you click the volume icon in the system tray.

One tip: If you have better sound connected to your TV, you can switch the sound to the output there instead of your computer.

  • Click the speaker icon in the Windows taskbar.
  • Choose digital output [your Xbox’s name here]

Finally, Microsoft claims that you cannot use the Wireless Display app to view what it considers “protected content”. So any encrypted video content from apps like Netflix or Hulu will not work. However, we were able to stream anything we wanted via the Google Chrome browser. If you’re having trouble trying to stream your movie or TV show from Netflix or Hulu, we suggest downloading these apps from the Microsoft Store on Xbox instead.

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