How To Play Xbox One Games on Your Windows 10 or newer PC

Learn how you can play the best games Xbox has to offer by using your Windows 10, 11 and soon to be 12 PC
Written By: Colin @XboxDIY
Published: September 14, 2017
Updated: March 16, 2024
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Looking to purchase an Xbox One to play the latest console hits?

If you have a Windows PC, you can easily play Xbox One games on your computer and use it as an Xbox One. With console and PC hardware converging, gamers are starting to have more options when it comes to console gaming.

Microsoft has answered this call with Windows Games (Formerly Games for Windows) and if you already have an Xbox One, Game Streaming in the Xbox App on Windows 10.

Together with cross-platform technology, including the ability to play with other Xbox console players and even other consoles, Windows PCs are quickly becoming the most popular way to play Xbox One’s games on your computer.

But before making the jump to purchase an Xbox One, let’s take a look at more details on how you can play Xbox One games on your Windows 10, 11 and soon-to-be 12 PC.

If you have a Windows 10 or newer PC, you can easily access Xbox One games and content

Someone might decide to buy an Xbox because of the console or Xbox-specific games that they want to play. The nice part about using your computer as an Xbox One is the ability to play the most popular games, even when you don’t have an Xbox.

AAA (Triple-A) video games are games with the largest development and promotional budgets. This means there are huge audiences for these games with millions of dollars backing these projects. It’s a high risk/reward for companies, but, what does this mean for you?

It means there are a lot of Xbox games available for Windows 10, which makes using your computer as an Xbox One that much easier. With the release of the Xbox One X, more titles are coming to Windows 10 PCs such as Forza 5, Crackdown 3, and the much-anticipated release of Age of Empires IV.

How to Connect Your Xbox One Controller to Your Computer and Windows PC

Connecting an Xbox One controller to a PC is now done the same way you would connect an Xbox One controller to an Xbox One.

In September 2017 Microsoft released an Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows for using an Xbox One controller on Windows 10 PCs. With the touch of a few buttons, an Xbox One controller will wirelessly sync with a Windows 10 PC.

Previously, Xbox One controllers lacked support for PCs and Windows 10 computers. Users were forced to look for shady malware-infested PC drivers for Xbox One controllers. Now, the Xbox One Wireless Adapter for Windows ($24) solves that problem with a quick and easy solution.

For Windows Wireless-ready devices, such as the Windows Surface Studio, you can easily navigate to the settings and connect the device by following a few steps in the Windows menus.

Microsoft Cross-Platform [Cross Play]: Play with Xbox Players on Windows

Microsoft’s Cross Play on Windows 10 connects Windows gamers to Xbox Live users in epic, cross-console multiplayer gameplay. Not all games have Cross Play, and even ones with Cross Play may be different in terms of access from edition to edition, but it’s a step in the right direction for Microsoft.

This is not to be confused with Windows Play Anywhere, which enables you to play a Windows Play Anywhere-enabled game on either an Xbox or Windows 10 device. Not every Play Anywhere enabled game has cross-play and vice versa.

On another note, it’s well known that a mouse and keyboard is significantly better than using a controller. You’ll have a huge advantage over console players with a mouse and keyboard. You can even the playing field by connecting your Xbox controller to your computer.

Use the Xbox App to Stay in Touch with the Community

Worried about losing connectivity to your friends on Xbox 360 and Xbox One? The Xbox App (formerly Xbox SmartGlass) for both Windows PC, iOS, and Android smartphones keeps you engaged with the community. You can do things like:

  • See your friend lists
  • Join parties
  • Send messages to others in the community
  • View achievements, and more.

Related: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Xbox One [Episode 1]

Easily Stream Xbox One Gameplay Using Your Windows PC

Mixer, Microsoft’s new competitor for Twitch, allows you to easily stream gameplay from any game with the touch of a button. Instead of needing a capture card for your Xbox One, you can stream games directly from your Windows 10 computer.

How to Stream Using Mixer on Windows PCs

Here’s how you can stream Xbox One games on your Windows 10 PC using Mixer:

  • Hit the Windows Key+G to bring up the streaming menu
  • Once on the streaming menu, select broadcast.
  • Choose the type of broadcast you want
  • Press Start Broadcasting to play

You can now easily view your gameplay across numerous devices, including your Xbox One console and smartphone.

Are there any downsides to using your computer like an Xbox One?

There are always downsides to using your computer as an Xbox, considering it’s not an Xbox One!

1. Sometimes Bluetooth Connectivity is Spotty

Even though it’s 2018, Bluetooth is still susceptible to interference. For the best experience, make sure your area is clear of as many frequency-emitting devices (microwaves, etc.) as possible.

2. Connecting Xbox One Controllers to a Mac

There is still limited support for the Xbox One Controller on a Mac if you are running a dual OS or application such as CrossFire. XboxDIY.com recommends sticking with native Windows 10 hardware as it’s the best way to play Xbox One on your computer.

3. Games May Be Limited on Windows 10 PCs

Although there are a lot of large Xbox titles available for computers, it’s still nothing compared to the amount available for the native console.

4. Cross-Platform Multiplayer is Limited, and Unfair to Console Users

Even though it is cool getting to play against console players, it may bother some people that you have an unfair advantage using a keyboard and mouse as opposed to a controller.

Conclusion: Using a Windows 10 PC as an Xbox One Just Isn’t the Same

For a cost-efficient and budget-friendly solution to getting your fix of Xbox games, playing Games for Windows on a Windows 10 computer is your best option.

Casual players or those with limited time may find this the best option, but if you’re a diehard gamer, there’s no reason not to buy an Xbox OneXbox One S, or the newest Xbox One X console for a true console gaming experience.

There are great options and deals available out there whether you’re looking to use your computer as an Xbox One, or buy an Xbox One for console gaming.

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