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How to Stream Games from Your Xbox One to Your Windows 10 PC or Tablet

July 29, 2015 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

By now, you’ve surely heard that you can play Xbox One games on any Windows 10 PC or tablet. You’re probably eagerly asking: “How!?” The answer is: “It’s actually surprisingly easy, to be honest.” There’s really not much to it. Check out Major Nelson’s tutorial video above, and let’s walk through it:

Step 1: Plug in and set up an Xbox One controller on your Windows 10 PC or tablet Windows 10 PCs already have native support for Xbox One controllers. Just plug the controller in via the USB cable that came with it, wait for the drivers to install, and you’re good to go. It’ll vibrate when it’s ready to use. Easy!

Step 2: Launch the Xbox app for Windows 10. It’s free, and built into Windows 10. Also easy!

Step 3: Create an Xbox Live account, or sign into your existing account. After launch, you should see the Home screen, and a prompt to either log into your account or create a new account. It’s a simpler process than ever, as well as free. Just follow the steps you’re given; you should hopefully have some experience logging into accounts for things, if you’re on the Internet reading this!

Step 4: Turn on your Xbox One. It might be easier to set it up in the same room as your Windows 10 PC so you can see both at once – but it’s certainly not necessary, if you don’t mind moving back and forth should you need to double check any info.

Step 5: Connect your devices. Make sure both your PC and your Xbox One are on the same wired or wireless network (wireless networks should have the same name). Then, on your Xbox One, navigate to the Preferences section of the Settings menu, and make sure the “Allow game streaming to other devices” box is checked. Next, in the Xbox app on your PC, go to the left-hand navigation and click on “Connect.” You should see your Xbox One listed as a connection option (in certain circumstances, it will already be connected – for example, if you’ve previously connected in the past). Simply click on your console’s listing, and the app will handle the rest. If you’re having trouble connecting, try restarting the app.

Step 6: Stream those games! Go to the Xbox app’s Home menu, then select a recent Xbox One game from the Recently Played list, then “Play from Console” to start streaming. Alternatively, you’ll notice two live buttons in the “Connect” area: “Test Streaming” and “Stream.” You can use “Test Streaming” for troubleshooting, or to test your connection, but “Stream” is where the magic happens. Click that, and your PC will establish a live stream immediately to your Xbox One. A full-screen interface will pop up, and your controller (the one connected to your PC) will be in charge. You will be able to play whatever game is currently running on your Xbox One, completely live. You can launch the game via your Xbox One, or launch it through the Xbox app (although, if it’s a physical disc game, remember that you will have to physically put the disc into the console yourself – there are limits to what streaming technology can do!).

You can also access all Xbox One menus, talk to friends via Xbox Live, play online (if you have Xbox Live Gold on Xbox One)… heck, you can even play Xbox 360 games through Xbox One Backward Compatibility, all on your PC!

Step 7: There is no Step 7. That’s it! Seriously. There are really just six steps. And since Step 1 was “plug in the controller” and Step 2 was “fire up the Xbox app”, let’s be honest here: That’s really four steps. Pretty darn simple!

Oh, don’t forget that voice chat works just fine too; you’ll just need to plug a Windows 10 compatible mic into your PC or tablet, so you can talk with your friends over Xbox Live via streaming, too!

Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition Style Tournament – Round 2 Community Vote

July 29, 2015 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

Your Dante is good, guys. Very good.

I don’t think it’s ever been this difficult to pare down a contenders list. Nevertheless, you can now hit the jump to see our Top Five Dante clips and vote for the one you think is the most stylish.

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6 of the Coolest Things the Xbox App on Windows 10 Can Do for You

July 28, 2015 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

Windows 10 is kind of a big deal. With countless improvements and pantloads of new features, it’s putting a whole new face on the personal computing world. But of course, what we’re most excited about are gaming features – and fortunately, Windows 10 is bringing with it a renewed focus on gaming. One of the most visible elements is the new Xbox app, which helps unify your gaming experience across your Windows 10 devices and Xbox consoles. Here are just six of the many reasons we love the Xbox app on Windows 10:

It Streams Your Xbox One Games

This is the biggie, of course. Thanks to Windows 10, you can now stream pretty much any Xbox One game to any Windows 10 PC or tablet on your home network. If it runs Windows 10 and you can connect a controller to it, you’re good to go. The device will automagically beam your input over your local network to your Xbox One, and your Xbox One will happily beam output back to you. And yes, it works with the Xbox 360 games you can play with Xbox One Backwards Compatibility. Living in the future is awesome.

It Lets You View, Edit, and Share Your Recorded Game Clips

As part of Windows 10’s renewed focus on games, Game DVR capability is built right into the operating system. That means that with a quick press of Windows + G, you can bring up the game bar, and you can record your most impressive – or most embarrassing – gaming moments without any hassle. Game DVR works in virtually any Windows 10 game, allowing you to save your captured videos (and screenshots!) directly to a folder on your device. Then, you can access those same game clips and share them to the social network of your choice. Or, with the Xbox app, you can quickly trim and share to your friends on Xbox Live.

It Helps You Be More Social

Many of Xbox Live’s social features are baked right into the Xbox app, which means you can interact with your friends (and your own profile) from any Windows 10 device. You can view other users’ profiles, see what your friends are playing now, join a party, voice chat, message, and all that good stuff. Plus, you can customize your own profile: tweak your avatar via the linked Xbox Avatars app, switch up your Gamerpic, modify your account color, set your online status, and even change your Gamertag.

It Keeps You in the Loop

Looking to keep an eye on your achievements while you’re away from your console? The Xbox app does that. Want to visit the Game Hub of your latest obsession to check on any updates or other players’ progress? The Xbox app does that. Want to keep an eye on your activity feed – where you can share, like, and comment on your friends’ progress? You know, the Xbox app does that, too. It can keep you up to date with everything that’s happening in your Xbox world, wherever you are, from any Windows 10 device.

It Help You Keep in Touch with Your Friends

The Xbox app was designed to make bringing gamers together easier than ever, no matter if they’re on a Windows 10 PC or Xbox One. Thanks to the Xbox app, you can now create a party chat on any Windows 10 PC, and talk with friends whether they’re on Windows 10 or Xbox One, and no matter whether they’re playing a game or doing something else entirely. You can even send invites or join a multiplayer game session right from the Xbox app.

It Commands Your Xbox One to Do Your Bidding

We’ve already talked about game streaming, but the Xbox app actually gives you even more control over the Xbox One over your home network. From controlling media playback to changing the volume, there are a lot of things you can do on your Xbox One from your Windows 10 PC. And the Xbox app even goes a step further: As long as you’re on the same network, you can remotely turn your Xbox One on and off with the click of a button.

The Xbox app is just one of the ways Windows 10 is putting gaming front and center. And you won’t have long to wait to put it through its paces yourself: Windows 10 starts rolling out on July 29.

MMLC Robot Master List: Shadow Man

July 28, 2015 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

Number: DWN-024

Weapon: Shadow Blade

Weakness: Top Spin

There’s very little data available about this mysterious robot. Dodge all his attacks by jumping.

While Metal Man was a kinda-sorta ninja robot, Shadow Man ditches the ambiguity and goes full-on shinobi. His precision leaps and shuriken-style weapon really seal the deal, making him one of the “cooler” bosses in the classic Mega Man games. Read the rest of this entry →

Monster Hunter cosplay photos from Anime Expo 2015, part 1

July 28, 2015 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

Get ready for the largest amount of Monster Hunter cosplay photos to ever appear in a Capcom blog post!

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Meet Team Xbox: Ashley Speicher

July 28, 2015 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

Welcome to Meet Team Xbox, which is your inside look at the key talent that drives our Xbox and Windows development here at Microsoft, in an effort to make your console and PC experience as awesome as possible. This week, we spoke to Ashley Speicher, the Software Engineering Manager for Xbox. Speicher and her team is responsible for all of the Xbox One-to-Windows 10 PC in-home game streaming, and its TV and OneGuide media features.

Speicher has been with Microsoft since 2002 – with the lion’s share of that time spent with the Xbox team. Prior to her current role (which she has held for the past three years), she led the development team in charge of the Xbox 360 Dashboard and Guide. And before that, she was a key contributor on many projects within the company, including the Xbox 360 DVD player, the very first Netflix app for Xbox 360, and the Media Center Extender for the original Xbox and Xbox 360.

But she didn’t always have her heart set on video games. Speicher started out her college career as a pre-med student at Stanford University – and when she took an introductory computer science course during her first quarter, it gave her a new passion.

“I was immediately attracted to the surprising creativity of it – that idea that you’re really building something, and there’s no single right answer,” Speicher said. “I loved that I needed to be creative and that I needed to be a good craftsman with the code that I was writing. When the final project in the class was to write a video game, I was completely hooked.”

Fast-forward to today, and Speicher leads a team of developers (which she personally grew from zero to 35 in just one year) dedicated to making Xbox’s media and streaming features as awesome as humanly possible. In-home game streaming from Xbox One to Windows 10 is something that Speicher is particularly proud of. “It’s a really tough problem,” she explained. “We’ve worked super-hard to get the latency way down, and make the streaming connection as smooth as possible, even across suboptimal home networks.” So, remember: when you’re using this awesome feature and it’s running as smooth as butter, you have Ashley Speicher and her team to thank for it.

“Another huge highlight for me was working on the first couple versions of the Netflix app on Xbox 360,” Speicher told us, reflecting on the early days of media app integration. “This was the first time Netflix showed up on any game console, and it was really cool to be a part of that.” During (and since) those years, Speicher has been granted 13 patents from the US Patent and Trademark Office, with even more currently under review.

But not everything always works as intended: “The work on Netflix actually led to one of the funnier bugs I’ve seen in my career,” Speicher recalled. “There was such a high demand for the app, and when we shipped it, the activation codes were suddenly really long. You needed the activation code to pair up your Xbox 360 with your Netflix account. Unfortunately, the text box that displayed the activation code was too small, and the whole code couldn’t be displayed. Activation was failing for everyone, and it was a huge crisis. Shaheen, the first dev on the project, got a call at 4:00 a.m. to deal with it. He ended up making the text box ridiculously wide, just about covering the entire width of the screen to be on the safe side, and shipped out a title-update within hours!”

However, as is often the case when one’s career advances into management roles, there are plenty of times when she misses rolling up her sleeves and getting her hands dirty. “I do miss coding sometimes. I don’t get a lot of opportunities to do it anymore, but the march up to console launch was so crazy that everybody was in the trenches running the kernel debugger, fixing bugs, and even doing some real dev work from time to time. I actually spent a week writing a special colorspace conversion mode that we needed. While I love what I do on a daily basis running the team, it’s always super fun when I get a chance to dive deep back into the code again.”

And of course, like everyone here at Microsoft, Speicher is excited about the release of Windows 10. “I’m completely addicted to Windows 10’s Xbox app right now,” Speicher said. “It’s awesome that – right on my PC – I can so easily see what’s going on with my friends, message them, watch their Game DVR clips, and get jealous over all the achievements they’re earning.”

When she’s not working, Ashley enjoys indoor rock climbing and – of course – playing video games. She’s a big role-playing game geek (having cut her teeth on the Ultima and Final Fantasy series), and has logged hundreds of hours in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and BioWare’s various RPG masterpieces. Beyond that, she’s an avid fan of everything from Halo, to Rock Band, to Limbo.

Speicher holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Stanford University. Originally an Army brat from the east coast, Ashley now lives in Redmond with her husband, her son, and their two dogs.

We – and our fans – are lucky to have Ashley on the Xbox team. We’ll be introducing you to many more member of Team Xbox in the coming weeks and months, so stay tuned!

Street Fighter V Beta Postponed Until a Later Date

July 28, 2015 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

Capcom offers its sincerest apologies to everyone who participated in this first beta test. While the purpose of a beta is to work out these type of issues, it was very clear that the issues we faced were more severe than we were prepared for. After three days of testing, while we were making progress and collecting valuable data, we felt the majority of players were not having a good experience, and the best course of action would be to take the servers offline for extended maintenance. We will be postponing our first beta phase until we believe the experience is going to be a positive one for players.

UPDATE: There seems to be concern from some players who were unable to connect to the beta, that they would not be able to get the in-game incentive we mentioned. We are still working out the specifics on the incentive, but can confirm that connecting to, or not being able to connect to the initial beta, will not be a factor in receiving this incentive.

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MMLC Robot Master List: Shadow Man

July 28, 2015 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

Number: DWN-024

Weapon: Shadow Blade

Weakness: Top Spin

There’s very little data available about this mysterious robot. Dodge all his attacks by jumping.

While Metal Man was a kinda-sorta ninja robot, Shadow Man ditches the ambiguity and goes full-on shinobi. His precision leaps and shuriken-style weapon really seal the deal, making him one of the “cooler” bosses in the classic Mega Man games. Read the rest of this entry →

Player-Created GTA Online Jobs: LSIA and Fort Zancudo Are Open for Business

July 28, 2015 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

As part of the ILL-GOTTEN GAINS Update Part 2, creators were given the ability to make their own GTA Online Jobs within the heavily guarded confines of Los Santos International Airport and the Fort Zancudo Military Base. Check out below a few impressive Jobs created at LSIA and Fort Zancudo so far, from frantic Deathmatches to an expertly designed karting track. Read the descriptions below and …

The British Racing Invasion Arrives in the Forza Motorsport 6 Garage

July 28, 2015 By: CrashTestDummy Category: Whats Up?

It’s hard to believe we are in our fifth week of car announcements for Forza Motorsport 6, bringing us closer to the game’s release on Sept. 15. This week’s additions to the Forza Garage lend to the array of exciting rides from nearly every genre of car.

Leading off this week’s Forza Garage is a pair of 2014 British Touring Car Championship racers. Both cars are built to the Next Generation Touring Car specifications. The #67 Audi was helmed by driver Robb Holland and the #80 Toyota by Ginetta racer Tom Ingram.

Don’t forget to give the rest of this week’s lineup their due as well. There isn’t a piece of tarmac in the world these rides wouldn’t be happy to lay down some rubber.

Here’s a closer look at our BTCC racecars:

2014 Audi #67 Rotek Racing S3 Saloon
Notable Jalopnik contributor Robb Holland was the first American driver to ever compete in a full season of the British Touring Car Championship. With the help of Rotek Racing based at the Nürburgring, the ultimate proving ground for anything with wheels, the team fielded this Audi S3 Saloon. Holland’s goals for the season were humble given each race of the season would be the first time he had seen each track. The team placed in the top twenty more than once and, despite some unfortunate on-track incidents that ended their chances early, earned points by the end of the season. For Forza fans, this BTCC racer is ready to relive its track time at Brands Hatch or anywhere else you choose to race.

2014 Toyota #80 Speedworks Motorsport Avensis
Speedworks Motorsport has seen success in the Ginetta G50 Cup, British GT4, and the British GT Championship to name a few notable series. The husband and wife team of Christian and Amy Dick debuted the first Next Generation Touring Car in 2011 and since climbed the steep learning curve. By 2014, the team doubled in size and had taken on promising young Ginetta driver Tom Ingram. A mostly trouble-free 2014 season saw the #80 to nine point finishes out of twelve races run, including two top-ten placings. The Toyota Avensis is a large four-door saloon that is not available in North America. In its BTCC racing dress, you can experience what has made it a success in Europe and Japan.

Take a look at the rest of the cars we are adding to the Forza Garage this week:

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo
1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe
2000 Nissan Silvia Spec-R
1994 Toyota Celica GT-Four ST205
1992 Honda NSX-R
1973 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am SD-455
2002 Camaro 35th Anniversary SS
2014 Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG
2012 Ultima GTR
2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed
1997 Land Rover Defender 90
2014 Audi #67 Rotek Racing S3 Saloon
2014 Toyota #80 Speedworks Motorsport Avensis
2014 Honda #2 Castrol Honda Civic WTCC
2014 Honda #5 Zengo Motorsport Civic WTCC
2014 Toyota #20 United Autosports Avensis
2014 Toyota #11 Handy Motorsport Avensis
1991 Ferrari 512 TR
2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe
1992 Volkswagen Golf Gti 16v Mk2
1992 Alfa Romeo 155 Q4
1987 Buick Regal GNX
2011 BMW Z4 sDrive35is
2013 Lexus GS350 F Sport
1974 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale
1980 Renault 5 Turbo
2015 Jaguar XFR-S
2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8
2013 Mazda MX-5
1994 Ferrari F355 Berlinetta
1970 Dodge Coronet Super Bee
1993 Jaguar XJ220
1992 Mitsubishi Galant VR-4
1990 Subaru Legacy RS
2002 Acura RSX Type-S
2003 Audi RS 6
1991 GMC Syclone
1973 Mazda RX-3
1995 BMW M5 E34

Stay tuned to ForzaMotorsport.net for more information on cars coming to
Forza Motorsport 6 on Sept. 15.