How to further increase Xbox One Video Streaming Quality beyond Very High Settings

The Xbox One App on Windows 10 lets you stream Xbox One content like gaming to your Windows 10 PC. This is particularly useful when you either want to watch a movie or play the game when TV is busy.  Xbox App offers three types of video streaming options which include Low, Medium, and Very High streaming quality. This can change based on your network settings and your router hardware.

That said, it seems that Xbox App is capable of streaming better than that.  It can stream games to PC in bitrates higher than Very High-quality setting would normally allow. I can go as high as 60mbps compared to the 15-20 Mbps you usually get. That said, there are many games which have framerates @ 30 FPS, and using this tip, you can get the best quality.

Increase Xbox One Video Streaming Quality beyond Very High Settings

Xbox One High Quality Settings for Streaming

An Xbox Gamer, kaczorws, found this solution and posted it on Reddit. He has built an Xbox App Mod Script which does this for you. The script is written in PowerShell, and source of this is hosted on GitHub as well. This is what it does:

  1. Modifies the Windows hosts fil e to prevent downloading the latest version of Xbox App config by Xbox App (makes a backup first)
  2. Modifies the actual Xbox App config file (makes a backup first)
  3. Launches Xbox App and waits for the process to end (you can actually start playing at this step)
  4. Once Xbox App is closed, reverts the changes to the host file and config file (by restoring backup files)

Note: Xbox App config file (settings.json) values are modified within Very High profile settings (GAME_STREAMING_VERY_HIGH_QUALITY_SETTINGS).

Script uses its own config file (config.xml) so you may customize its values which will then be applied to hosts file and Xbox App config file.

Prerequisites for High Network Settings Mod Files

  • Make sure that you are logged into your Xbox Live/Microsoft account in the Xbox App and have used streaming to PC at least once
  • Change Windows script Execution Policy:
    • Open PowerShell *as Administrator*
    • Type `Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted` and confirm with `Y`.

Set Execution Policy Unrestricted in Windows 10

Steps to run the Script:

  • Download the Script from here.
  • Modify config.xml with desired values
    • Leave the default “Quality” and “Resolution”.
    • Change the “Framerate” to correct one but feel free to experiment on your own – just remember to monitor the bitrate)

Edit Config File of Xbox Mod

  • Run “start.bat” file.
  • When streaming starts, remember to change to ‘Very High’ profile.

Remember this is a visual change only. You will not get any menu for that but will have to use the config file to experiment and see what works for you.

This mod comes in very handy for games which offer 30 FPS, and you can stream the same to your Windows 10 PC as well.Getting it higher than what works for your PC will put a lot of pressure on the console. Say for example if the game doesn’t offer a max of 30 FPS, and your settings are at 60 fps, then XBox will send two frames to your PC, overloading the console.

If you have any questions, I would suggest that you ask on the official Reddit forum

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Ashish is a veteran Windows, and Xbox user who excels in writing tips, tricks, and features on it to improve your day to day experience with your devices.