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How to Play Xbox One Games on Your Windows 10 PC

Both your Xbox One and PC run Windows 10 and that allows you to play select Xbox One games on your PC as well as play where you left off on each device.

One of the perks of having a PC running Windows 10 and an Xbox One is you can play the console games on your PC. The benefit is you only have to buy a title once versus buying the PC and console version. Not only can you play Xbox One games on your PC, but you can also pick up where you left off in a game on either device. Here is a look at how to connect your console with your Windows 10 PC and play Xbox One games on your computer.

Note: Not all titles are available to play on both platforms. Check out the Xbox One Play Anywhere page (XPA) to see which titles are available. You will also need to log in on each device using the same Microsoft account to sync data, achievements, and pick up where you left off. And you PC and console need to be connected to the same network.

Play Xbox One Games on Windows 10

Before getting started, make sure your Windows 10 PC, Xbox app, and the Xbox One console are both up-to-date for the best experience. On your PC head to Settings > Update & security > Windows Update and on your console go to Settings > System > Updates.

On your PC, connect your Wireless Xbox controller to your Windows 10 system or simply plug in the controller if it’s a wired one. It’s important to connect the controller to your PC before turning on the Xbox. Otherwise, it will keep connecting to the console by default.

Next, launch the Xbox App and log in if you aren’t already. Then power up your Xbox One and from the Xbox app’s menu go to Connect and click on your console after Windows finds it.

Now that your controller is connected to your PC, you can use it (or your mouse) to navigate the Xbox app on your PC. Head to the Recently played section and launch one of the XPA titles – here I am playing Zen Pinball 3.

After you’re connected you can play games, access all Xbox One menus, talk to friends, play online, and more. Note that after it’s connected, you will be able to power on your Xbox One console from the app on your PC provided you have the console set to Instant-on.

Also, if your controller isn’t working properly or you’re having connection issues, you can use Windows 10 to keep your Xbox controller updated. And when you’re tired of gaming, check out how to watch local over-the-air TV on your Xbox One. Have fun!


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