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Xbox head: PC to Xbox One streaming is tough, but 'challenge is good'

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Despite technical challenges, Microsoft continues to work on streaming PC games to Xbox One, head of Xbox Phil Spencer told The Verge.

"It's actually a little more challenging doing the encoding on the PC side to the Xbox, but challenge is good," Spencer said, adding that PC control mainstays like keyboard and mouse support are "absolutely in scope of things that we want to do."

Windows 10, which launches today, includes built-in support for the opposite: streaming Xbox One games to PC. Microsoft revealed the feature in January, and Spencer said at the time that Microsoft was "really looking at" streaming the other way.

"People ask about the streaming in the opposite direction — can I stream from my PC to my Xbox? — and I'll just say it's something that we're really looking at," he said in January. "This announcement is what we have, but if you think about that vision — my games are my games wherever I am, and I can play with whoever I want to play with — we want to be able to land solutions that are as native as the one we showed there. We just have to kind of work with the physics of time and try to work it development schedules."