If your Xbox One is the center of your entertainment in your living room, sometimes you might want to stream music or video to it that’s on your PC.
Microsoft’s Xbox One and Windows 7, 8, and 10 play nicely with each other when it comes to streaming music and sharing data. This was the case with Xbox 360 and Windows too, where you could set up the Windows Media Center extender, or use the Play To feature in Windows 7 – which is also included in Windows 8 and Windows 10.
If you’re an experienced Xbox 360 user, the process is virtually the same on Xbox One, and probably works better. But if you’re new to the Xbox One or Xbox in general, here’s how to set things up so you can stream music files from your Windows PC to the console.
Stream Multimedia from Windows PC to Xbox One
First, on your PC, make sure that Media Streaming is turned on. You can find that in Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > Media Streaming Options. Then on your Xbox One, go to Settings > Preferences and make sure Play To is checked like in the image below.
If this is a new Xbox One, you will also need to download the Xbox Music app. If you don’t have it installed already you’ll be prompted to download it.
Same goes for the video – you need to download the Xbox Video app to the console.
Now on your PC, find the music or videos you want to play, right-click the files and select Play To from the context menu and then XboxOne. You can choose media from your local machine, an external drive, or network locations.
For example, in the screenshot below I am streaming a song from my Windows Home Server.
A small Windows Media Player screen comes up, and you can add more songs or videos to it and control playback.
Or you can use your Xbox One controller to manage playback of your media. For music files, if the metadata contains an album cover that will appear on the TV too.
There might not be a lot of reason to stream video – since you can run your cable into it, and it has a bunch of streaming video apps. But music from your computer to the Xbox One is especially nice if you have the console hooked up to an A/V receiver, speakers, and a pounding sub!