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Xbox One game streaming on Windows 10 available for Preview members today

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Xbox One game streaming, compatible with Windows 10 computers, will be available for testing today. Members of the Xbox Preview group can download the required updates and start using the service soon, The Verge reports.

Key to its functionality is an app, only available for computers running Windows 10, that lets users remotely control their Xbox One via a local network connection. A private forum for Xbox Preview members has a fairly detailed Q&A that talks about the capabilities and limitations of the software.

Microsoft says that most Xbox One games will be able to stream, excluding those which require the Kinect or other hardware not supported by Windows 10 PCs. Publishers will have the option to opt-out of the streaming system.

"The console experience is mirrored," Microsoft says, "so users will be able navigate Home and other apps.  Apps that play back protected content such as movies, TV shows or other video content with digital rights management will not stream to the PC."

Full online multiplayer experiences are available right now, including voice chat, the post goes on to say. An Xbox Live Gold subscription will be required to use multiplayer modes while streaming to PC. Keyboard and mouse will not be supported, nor will wheels or flight sticks. For now, at least, players will need to use the Xbox One, Xbox 360 or other Xbox licensed controllers.

Local multiplayer modes can be played with one player at a PC and monitor, and another using the console and TV.

Because of technical limitations, Microsoft says, Twitch plugins and GameDVR will be disabled on the console. However, you can still record by using GameDVR on your PC, if your Windows 10 PC meets the system requirements.

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