Being able to play Halo 5: Guardians on their PC isn’t something that gamers necessarily asked for in droves. That being said, they will once they see the game featured in a new promotional video for Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system.
Microsoft showed off Halo 5: Guardians streaming to a PC running its Windows 10 operating system in a video for its Windows 10 operating system that’s coming later this year. Besides including Halo 5: Guardians in the lightning fast demo, Microsoft also gives users a look at Fable Legends on Windows 10 in a second highlight reel.
In the video we see someone playing what appears to be Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer on their Xbox One. A few seconds later the video is shown flying through the air to a Windows 10 PC that’s equipped with an Xbox One controller. We don’t learn anything about how video game streaming from the Xbox One will work when Windows 10 arrives. Thankfully, Microsoft also showed off Xbox One game streaming to those in attendance at its BUILD 2015 developer conference, including The Verge’s Tom Warren.
Warren describes Xbox on Windows 10 streaming is being as “awesome” as he’d hoped it would be. Xbox One game streaming is baked into an updated version of the Xbox companion app for Windows 10. Users simply open the app on their Windows PC and let it connect over their local network.
Users don’t have to go to their Xbox One before they start a game streaming session. Instead, the new Windows 10 Xbox one app lets them browse their game selection directly from their PC. There’s a game streaming option for each title. Microsoft also allows users to browse the entire Xbox One directly from the Xbox app for Windows 10. There users can launch any of their console’s apps. Microsoft hasn’t yet said whether developers will be able to disable game streaming for specific titles since being able to stream from the Xbox One might encourage users to only buy a single copy of a game that’s available on both Windows 10 and Xbox One.
The two big caveats for streaming on the Xbox One are huge. First, Microsoft is limiting the app to local networks at launch. That means that Xbox One owners can’t stream their games from their console when they aren’t home. That’s a shame as Sony’s Remote Play feature for the PS4 does allow users to play games from their console when they aren’t home. Microsoft told The Verge that it’s looking at adding streaming when users aren’t home, but doesn’t have much to say about it right now.
The second video Microsoft posted is more of a granular look at what it’s working on for the entire Windows 10 experience. It’s this one that includes some of the new Windows 10 apps in action and a look at Fable Legends running on a Windows 10 PC. Fable Legends will mark Microsoft’s big return to PC gaming development. The game is cross-platform, meaning users can play it on their Windows PCs with other Xbox Live users without streaming – unlike Halo 5: Guardians.
According to Microsoft, members of the Windows Insider Program can expect Xbox One game streaming to arrive as an update for the Xbox One app sometime soon. That makes sense as the Xbox app for Windows 10 already has many of the features Microsoft promised back at its Windows 10 Media Briefing in January. The app already has screenshot and video recording capabilities. It can send messages and track Xbox Live Achievements too.
Microsoft plans to launch Windows 10 as a free update for personal computers running Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 this summer. Presumably, this new Xbox app will replace the Games hub that’s available in Windows 8.1 today.