The launch of Xbox Play Anywhere had made sure that one can play Xbox Games on Windows 10 PC as well. This means that games that are part of Play Anywhere program can only be played on Windows 10 PC and Xbox. Since the games are built for both the platforms, and game progress syncs online, anytime you resume back on any of the gaming platforms, it works seamlessly. That said, in this post, we are discussing how you can play Xbox Games on Windows 10 PC.
Can you play Xbox games on Windows PC without a console?
Yes you can play an Xbox game on your PC. There are two ways to play Xbox Games on PC. Either you can stream from console to PC or you can play it using Xbox Play Anywhere Program.
- Buy Xbox Play Anywhere digital game through the Xbox Store or Microsoft Store
- Install it on your PC
- Then, simply log into your Xbox Live or Microsoft account
- The Xbox Play Anywhere games will be available to download
- Install them and start playing them on your PC.
How to play any Xbox Games on Windows PC
There are two ways to play Xbox Games on Windows 10 PC. Either you can stream from console to PC or you can play it using Xbox Play Anywhere Program. While the former works with any game, the latter depends on the game.
1] Playing ANY Xbox Game by streaming from console to PC
The Xbox Console can stream games on to Windows 10 PC. This works via the Xbox App installed on the PC which uses the same Microsoft account on both the PC and the Xbox console. To make sure this delivers the best experience, you need to make sure they are on the same network, and you have a router that can handle streaming properly. While Xbox App will automatically adjust the streaming quality, you can manually change it even beyond high-quality settings.
This comes in handy if your TV is busy, and your console is nearby your PC. The controller stays connected with Xbox One, while your PC acts only as a streaming device.
2] Play any Xbox Games on Windows 10 PC with Play Anywhere
Gears of War 4 is an Xbox Play Anywhere compatible game. This means you can play it both on the PC and the Xbox One. Follow the steps to play it on Windows 10 PC:
- Download the game on Windows 10 PC.
- Connect your Xbox Controller to Windows 10 PC.
- You can use it the same way as you use it on the Console.
- Find the game listing in the Xbox App, and launch it.
- Now you can play the game using the controller, just like you play on the console with the same controls.
While the controller should get detected automatically, in case it doesn’t work properly, you can re-map the buttons, troubleshoot if the Xbox controller disconnects often, and also update the Xbox Controller in Windows 10. Since you are connecting the controller over a wired connection, you will have to reconnect with your Xbox one using the pairing button.
Remember, there is no direct way of playing the games on Windows 10 PC. It doesn’t work like installing an EXE on your PC. So the only way out is one of the above-mentioned methods.