Sep 08

Xbox Game Streaming has Arrived

Overview of Xbox Game Streaming

Windows 10 is finally out!. If you have not gotten Windows 10 use this link to get the free upgrade before it expires: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-10-upgrade. Windows 10 introduces Xbox Game Streaming, could this give me flexible to game anywhere in my house? I have tried on multiple devices and have been pleased with the results.

Testing Requirements

The following are required to stream Xbox One Games.

  • Xbox One
  • A Windows 10 PC or tablet
  • A decent Network
  • Xbox One or Xbox 360 controler

I completed my testing on the following devices:

  • Surface  3 Pro
  • Asus VioTab Note 8
  • Custom Build Gaming Desktop

Testing Results Per Device

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First the Asus VioTab Note 8. I tried on here because I thought there would be no way an ATOM based proc could hang with a 1080p game streaming over wireless. I plugged in the xbox 360 controler with the usb adaptder and away we went.   It was not great but it did work and was completely playable at medium quality. The main issue is the 8 inch screen, I need to build a holder into a ball cap and this thing would be perfect.  If this is the only option you have(cheap) then may be worth trying it out.    I have not gone back and used this just because I have other options in my house.

 

 

Surface-PDP-128GB-MQ2-00004-Large-desktopThe Surface Pro 3 feels like it was designed for this.   At high quality there are almost no issues.  I am able to stream with just a minor hit to quality.   I can plug my Xbox 360 controler right in the USB without an adapter and away we go.   I been using my wife’s Surface for this testing,  this alone has motivated me to buy the next generation when it is released(hopefully this year).

Use Case:When the kids turn on some really bad cartoon or my wife starts watching some reality show I immediately reach for the Surface.   I pull the keyboard off plug my headphones and the 360 controller in and start escaping the world of bad tv.   I do have a dual band wireless router and the stream look much better using that over the single band.   This does seem to limit my range so I have not done much streaming/gaming outside.   As the weather gets cooler I will start testing my range.

 

81Qvsxp0nyL._SL1500_The final test was on my  gaming desktop.   I will not go into wall the specifics but it can run all modern games without issue.   The other advantage to this PC is it is hardwired into the network.  I can push this PC to very high quality without seeing much in loss of quality.   On this setup I use the Xbox One Controler wirelessly since the Xbox One is in the same room.

Use Case:   I have a pair of nice Asus 24inch monitors that allows me to play games on one and still have access to the world on the second.   I still have the option to go sit on a couch and play on a larger screen but I find myself playing off the this streamed PC more often.

 

 

The Interface

Open the new Xbox application on your Windows 10 workstations.   You can turn on the Xbox from the first screen.  My first time through I needed to add the IP address of the Xbox.   Once added it was always in the list.   To turn on the Xbox I believe you need to be in the sleep mode on the Xbox,  I do not think you can power it up from a full shutdown.   This feature is extremely nice when you are in a different room of the house and want to quickly get some gaming in.

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It takes about 30 seconds to power up and for the application to notice there is a valid Xbox online

 

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Once online you can get to the settings of the steam by moving your mouse to the top of the screen.  The buttons from left to right are a xbox button, mute, stop streaming, stats and quality.

 

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The stats button is worth pressing to troubleshoot any issues you are having.  This can be turned on and left on while you are streaming content.    If you run into issues drop you quality on the qutility selector.  The lowest I needed to go was medium which was till playable but looked like a 360 game.

 

Things That Need to be Improved

I only have 3 real complaints or things that should be improved.

  1. Sometimes you lose focus when you click on your second screen. When you come back to the streaming session it asks for you to reconnect.
  2. I do not like the prompt to connect a controller if I do not have one plugged into the Windows 10 workstation. I often connect the Xbox One controller to the console and do not need this prompt.
  3. The Scan for new Xbox One does not work very well. I had to manually put in a ip address. I only needed to do this once but it would be nice to never have to do it in the future.

Conclusion

Xbox Game Steaming works and works very well. I will continue to use this to avoid bad TV in my house. Maybe one day I could be sitting by a camp fire with Master Chief and a beer. If you have any additional comments or questions feel free to follow up in the comments section of this post.

Sep 06

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Sep 06

Another Change

This site was getting stale again… There will be many changes over the next couple weeks.

Planning on changing.

  • Comments on the site will be re-activated and the subreddit will stay online.
  • Many of the plugins will be removed
  • Game nights and scheduling will return
  • 3-4 posts a week
  • New theme – fluid
  • more to be added.
Apr 16

Forum Replacement

Well the days of having an active forum are long behind us.   I still miss the sharing and BS’n with people but I have not found Facebook to be a really good reddit_logo_square_webtreatsetc
replacement.  Google Plus seemed okay but it lacked the forum feel.  I spend most of my time on the internet these days scouring the world of Reddit.    Reddit is like a self moderated forum with specific topics that you can submit, comment on and up/down vote.   This gave me an idea… I have  created a subreddit named splanic and will start using it as a forum.  Many of you already have reddit accounts and will just need to subscribe,  if you do not use reddit its time to start.   I have added a quick view on the top left of this page.   If you have any questions please let me know.    Stop by and at least say hello and lets see if we can get this up and active!     Pass this on to anyone else that may want to BS about random topics.

http://www.reddit.com/r/Splanic/

Everything you need to know about reddit can be found here: http://www.redditblog.com/2014/07/how-reddit-works.html

There is also a private area that you can get access to once you subscribe to /r/splanic