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Windows 10 will let you stream Xbox One games to any Windows 10 PC or tablet (update)

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Xbox One games will soon be playable on Windows 10, in a way: The upcoming operating system will allow for streaming of Xbox One games to any Windows 10 PC or tablet, Microsoft announced today.

Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft's Xbox division, spoke about Xbox One owners' library of console games, and then said, "Wouldn't it be great if we could play those games from anywhere in the house?"

Spencer then launched into a demo of Forza Horizon 2 streamed from an Xbox One to a Surface Pro 3 tablet; he had previously "set up a relationship" between the two devices. The "My Games" tab of the new Xbox app for Windows listed Forza Horizon 2. Spencer already had a paused instance running on an Xbox One, and he resumed playing on the Surface with an Xbox One controller. He was able to bring up the console's interface with the menu button, and could have chosen to turn the system off from the Surface.

In an earlier demo, Spencer and a Lionhead Studios developer showed off cross-play between the PC and Xbox One versions of Fable Legends.

Update: Microsoft confirmed on the Xbox website that streaming Xbox One games to Windows 10 PCs, laptops and tablets is limited to Wi-Fi on a local network. Games can be streamed to one device at a time, and must specifically support the streaming feature.

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