How to Stream Xbox Series X or S to Your PC

Play your Xbox Series X or S games on your PC

What to Know

  • To stream your Xbox Series X or S console to your PC, you need to install the Xbox Game Streaming (Test App).
  • The Xbox Game Streaming (Test App) is a beta app that isn’t guaranteed to work, but it is an official Microsoft app so you don’t need to worry about security.
  • Xbox Series X or S console streaming will likely be available through the Xbox app in the future.

This article covers everything you need to know about streaming on the Xbox Series X or S to your PC, including how it works, how to get the streaming test app, and how to stream on your Xbox Series X or S to your computer.

How Does Xbox Series X or S Game Streaming to PC Work

The Xbox Console Companion only works with Xbox One, and the newer Xbox app doesn’t include any kind of streaming functionality. Until Microsoft adds that functionality, the only way to stream your Xbox Series X or S to your PC is with a beta app that’s designed for developer use. This app isn’t guaranteed to work on all computers, and it’s likely to break and stop working while it’s still in development.

You can’t download the Xbox Game Streaming (Test App) directly from the Microsoft Store, but you can use the store.rg-adguard.net site to generate a download link. This site takes a link from the Microsoft Store and generates a link to the relevant downloadable file, directly from Microsoft's servers. Since the files come from Microsoft, they’re safe.

If and when Microsoft enables game streaming directly from the PC Xbox app, you will be able to stream from that app and uninstall the beta Xbox Game Streaming (Test App). Until then, the beta app is your only option. Additionally, you may need to download a new version of the beta app from time to time, as functionality may break during the beta period for any number of reasons.

If you want to stream your Xbox Series X or S games with an official method that works all the time, the Xbox Android app lets you stream your console to your phone. If you have a Game Pass Ultimate subscription, you can also play Xbox Series X or S games.

How to Get the Xbox Game Streaming Test App

You can’t download the Xbox Game Streaming (Test App) directly from the Microsoft Store. While there is a listing for the app, it will either show that a download isn’t available, or return an error message if you try to view it.

To download the Xbox Game Streaming (Test App), you need to use a third party site that locates the file on Microsoft’s servers for you. You can then download and install that official file.

Here’s how to get and install the Xbox Game Streaming (Test App):

  1. Navigate to http://store.rg-adguard.net/.

    The store.rg-adguard.net site.
  2. Paste https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/es-en/p/xbox-game-streaming-test-app/9nzbpvpnldgm?activatetab=pivot:overviewtab&rtc=1 into the search field, and click the check mark.

    A Microsoft Store link entered into the store.rs-adguard.net site.
  3. Right click Microsoft.XboxGameStreaming-ContentTest_1.2011.3001.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe.appxbundle in the search results, and click Save link as to download the file.

    Downloading the Xbox Game Streaming (Test App)

    The file name may not match exactly, as it is updated regularly. Look for a similar file name with the .appxbundle extension. If warned that you can’t download the file securely, you will need to choose to proceed or keep it. If you don’t, you won’t be able to complete the download.

  4. Double-click the file after it finishes downloading to launch the installation.

    The Xbox Game Streaming (Test App) downloaded.
  5. Click Install.

    Installing the Xbox Game Streaming (Test App)

    If Launch when ready isn’t automatically selected, select it.

  6. When the app launches, click Continue.

    Installing the Xbox Game Streaming (Test App)
  7. Click Send optional data to share data with Microsoft, or No thanks to avoid sending data.

    Xbox Game Streaming (Test App) data sharing options.
  8. Click Continue.

    Xbox Game Streaming (Test App) publisher data information.
  9. The Xbox Game Streaming (Test App) is now installed on your computer.

Trouble installing the test app? You may need to enable developer mode. Navigate to Settings > Update and security > For developers, and turn on the Developer mode toggle or click the Developer mode radio button.

How to Stream Xbox Series X|S Games to PC

Once you have installed the Xbox Game Streaming (Test App), you’re ready to start streaming games from your Xbox Series X or S to your PC over your home network. This feature works just like Xbox One streaming in the old Xbox Console Companion app, with a visual design that’s very similar to the Android app that allows you to stream Xbox Series X|S games to your phone.

Here’s how to stream Xbox Series X|S games to your PC:

  1. Turn on your Xbox Series X or S.

  2. Connect an Xbox Series X|S controller to your computer via Bluetooth or USB-C.

  3. Launch the Xbox Game Streaming (Test App).

  4. Click the menu icon (three horizontal lines) in the upper left corner.

    The Xbox Game Streaming (Test App).
  5. Click Xbox remote play.

    Xbox Game Streaming (Test App) streaming options.
  6. Click the Series X or S console you want to stream.

    Xbox Game Streaming (Test App) main screen.

    If you don’t see a list, click your user icon in the upper right corner of the screen and make sure you’re signed into an Xbox Live account that has at least one registered Xbox Series X or S.

  7. Wait for the console to connect.

    The Xbox Game Streaming (Test App) connecting.
  8. Select a game from your dashboard and start playing.

Because this is a beta app, it won’t always work. If you’re unable to stream, check the Xbox Series X or S internet connection. If it still doesn’t work, wait until a new version of the app is available and try again. These issues will likely go away when the app is actually released and no longer in beta.

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