Playing your Xbox Series X/S on your laptop screen is very much a possibility, but getting it done will require a bit of effort on your part. No need to worry because we plan on explaining all of the important aspects of streaming your Xbox to your laptop computer. It makes a lot of sense for Xbox Serie X/S games to want to play on their laptop since not everyone might have a dedicated monitor on hand. Now, we are going to use Remote Play to enable the stream between the two devices. That means the connection will be done over a wireless standard rather than with a wire.
How to turn on Remote Play on an Xbox Series X/S console
Remote Play, as we’ve mentioned above, relies a lot on a stable Wi-Fi connection to the Xbox. But that is just a single aspect, and as such, we need to list the important things needed.
- A laptop preferably running the latest version of Windows 11, though Windows 10 is fine as well.
- An upload bandwidth of more than 10Mbps consistently
- 5Ghz Wi-Fi if possible
- Xbox Series X/S
- The laptop and Xbox must be connected to the same network
How to use your laptop as a monitor to play Xbox Series X/S games
Let’s be very clear about something. You can have both devices connected to different networks. However, doing so will likely decrease performance and trigger network lag on a regular basis.
- Boot your Xbox Series console
- Navigate to Settings
- Enable Remote Play
- Download and open the Xbox app
- Connect both devices
- Select your Xbox video game console.
1] Boot your Xbox Series console
Press the power button on either the console or the controller, then wait a few seconds.
2] Navigate to Settings
- Tap on the Xbox button on your controller to launch the Guide.
- From there, go to Profile & System
- Then select the Settings option from the menu.
3] Enable Remote Play
- Tap the section that reads, Devices & Connections.
- Select Remote Features.
- Select the checkbox next to Enable Remote Features.
- Finally, Select Standby under Sleep Mode.
4] Download and open the Xbox app
Before we can connect the Xbox to your laptop for maximum fun, we must first download the Xbox app to the computer.
- Visit the official Xbox app page.
- Under Xbox app for Windows PC, please select Download the App.
- Open the downloaded app and sign in with your Microsoft account.
5] Connect both devices
The next step is to connect your Xbox to your laptop in order to play some games. Bear in mind once more that is recommended both devices are connected to the same network for optimal performance.
- From the opened app, click the Consoles button located at the top-left
- Select your Xbox video game console.
- The Xbox will now automatically connect directly with your laptop.
You should now see a brief startup screen with the Xbox logo. Once completed, you now have the ability to interact with your Xbox as normal. Now, ensure your Xbox controller is connected because you won’t be able to interact with the console using the mouse and keyboard.
Additionally, we should note that as long as the Xbox Series X/S device is set to Standby Mode, there will be no need to turn on the Xbox first. Simply connect as we’ve explained above, and begin having some fun.
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Can you play Xbox remote play away from home?
Yes, this can be done. However, we must point out this is only available to iOS and Android devices at this time.
Can you play Xbox games on a Windows laptop?
Gamers can use the Xbox Play Anywhere service to play certain Xbox games on their Windows computer. At the time of writing, the service supports 208 games, though some are different editions of the same title, so not exactly 208.
What is Remote Play?
Remote Play is a feature that allows users to stream games from their Xbox console to a supported device. Such devices include the likes of Windows computers, iOS, and Android devices. With this feature, you’ll be able to play your Xbox normally, but the laptop or mobile device will act as the monitor.
What is the difference between Xbox Remote Play and Xbox Cloud Gaming?
They are not the same by any means. Remote Play requires the use of a local Wi-Fi connection and local devices. Xbox Cloud on the other hand does most of the work using cloud servers. But not only that, users must be subscribed to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.