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Speed up your Xbox to Windows 10 game streaming with this easy tweak

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If you own a Windows 10 PC and Xbox One, you've probably at least tinkered with streaming your console games to your PC. It's pretty nifty, but sometimes isn't exactly smooth.

Fortunately, a Reddit user posted a hidden way to unlock a higher quality setting for streaming and all it takes is editing a text file on your computer.

It's worth pointing out that even though the edit is easy, you shouldn't go messing around with Windows files unless you know how to fix any problems you might accidentally create.

That said, here's what you need to do:

  • Open up the folder: C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.XboxApp_######\LocalState. (The USERNAME will be the name assigned to your login and the ##### is the string of random characters associated with the app).
  • Open the "userconsoledata" file with Notepad.
  • Change the IsInternalPreview value to true. That mean's you'll be looking for this false and changing it to this true.
  • Save the file.
  • Launch the Xbox App and go into settings and you should now see a "very high" option for video encoding level under game streaming.

Your mileage will vary based entirely on how stable and strong your home's network is. Reddit users were reporting that they were hitting 20 mbps with this setting, though my network was showing 14 mbps. High bandwidth usually means faster response and, most importantly, crisper images. You can see one comparison shot of high versus very high settings, pulled from Reddit, below.

Again, make sure you don't do this unless you're prepared for any mistakes caused by a mix-up in that file.