You can now remotely play your Xbox One games on Android for free
If you love video games, now’s a great time to own an Android phone. That’s because Xbox remote play (previously called Xbox Console Streaming) is now available to Android users for free in the new Xbox app beta, making it easy to stream games from your Xbox One console to your Android device. Microsoft announced the news on Monday, saying the feature is available in the beta version of the revamped Xbox app. Since Xbox remote play is now free, you no longer need to be an Xbox Insider to take advantage of the feature.
Microsoft said the new app has been rewritten from the ground up in the newest update, and it features a brand new design, a unified notification inbox, and a revamped share feature. With a unified notification inbox, you’ll get notifications for parties, chats, and more. When you clear your notifications in the app, they’ll sync across all your Xbox accounts.
The Xbox app is also making changes to how you share content. The app will alert you once a screenshot or game clip is done uploading to the cloud. Once a screenshot or game clip has been saved, you can then share it with a friend or via your social media platform of choice, all right from the app. The Xbox app will also allow users to set up profile highlights, including the ability to share screenshots and clips directly on your profile.
Speaking of sharing, the Xbox app makes it really easy to start a party with friends. You can type messages and voice chat with anyone on an Xbox Series X, Series S, Xbox One, or Windows PC. This is a great way to chat about games in a group no matter where you are.
Microsoft is also allowing users to set up their Xbox Series X or Series S using the Xbox app. You’ll be able to use the mobile app to log in and select your settings while your console updates. The app can also be used to install games to your console and manage your game library to free up space. Microsoft said search results have also been unified, making the app the “go-to place” to find what you’re looking for on Xbox.
You can download the new Xbox app now for Android. The app arrives ahead of the launch of the Xbox Series X and Series S in November, and also comes on the heels of Microsoft’s new Game Streaming, a monthly subscription service that allows users to stream more than 150 titles.