In a move to further integrate the dual platforms of PC and Xbox, Microsoft has released its updated app today that allows for Steam and other digital PC games to be playable on its flagship family of consoles. The company has always allowed for cross-streaming content between devices running Windows and Android via the Surface Hub and other Windows devices, but the new Wireless Display app allows the Xbox One to be the display platform of choice; it is now able to channel content from a variety of sources, including PC gaming.
According to a report by The Verge, the app utilizes Miracast technology to create a virtual connection between the Xbox One and PC. The program has undergone testing phases under a different name in the past – Connect on Windows was meant for the aforementioned Surface Hub. In the past, Microsoft implemented support for mouse and keyboard, stylus, and touch for cross-platform streaming support. For the new Xbox integration however, controller support has been added but mouse and keyboard are not yet available for use. To account for varying strains associated with media streaming, there are specific latency modes to accommodate different experiences such as gaming and viewing videos.
This is how Microsoft’s new Wireless Display app works. You can use it to control a PC via your Xbox One, and stream PC games to the console and play them with controller https://t.co/tqtqEAZVLU pic.twitter.com/nbX5KySu0m
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) March 13, 2019
It’s become clear that Microsoft intends on marrying two of its main gaming platforms and introduce a fully integrated and streamlined games service for its players. The Xbox Game Pass has now been a full-fledged, viable subscription for access to its vast library as well as recently launched Xbox titles. Now, with the recent Halo: Master Chief Collection finally dropping soon for PC, it’s clear that Microsoft is expanding its definition of “Xbox Exclusive” to include non-console gamers as well.
Its development of Project xCloud and a disc-less Xbox One, along with rumors rumbling regarding possible Game Pass integration with the Nintendo Switch, speaks volumes to the emphasis the company is placing on the future of streaming and merging its software and hardware fronts, embracing the move into perhaps a truly digital space.