Xbox Boss Envisions Console-to-PC Streaming Whilst Watching TV

Microsoft ponders feasibility of Xbox One multitasking TV feed with games streaming to Windows 10 devices.

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Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft's Xbox division, wants to implement the Xbox One's console-to-PC game streaming as a possible background function when watching TV.

It means the console could theoretically stream playable game content to a connected PC over Wi-Fi, whilst the main TV could still be displaying a TV feed. The ambitious plan, if enacted, could significantly bolster the Xbox One's reputation as a multi-tasking multimedia device. Spencer has cautioned, however, that the team hasn't yet determined whether it's feasible in practice.

During Microsoft's Windows 10 media briefing, the corporation revealed plans to allow the Xbox One to stream games--much like PS Vita Remote Play--to PCs or Windows tablets on the same home network.

"Wouldn't it be great if we could play those [Xbox One games] anywhere in the house?" Spencer said, before demonstrating Forza Horizon 2 being streamed to, and played on, a Windows 10 PC.

The feature is expected to roll out later this year.

Spencer has since revealed on Twitter that he wants the Xbox One to still function as a media player whilst this streaming occurs. When asked by a fan whether it was possible to play on PC whilst watching TV through the console, he replied: "That's our goal but we haven't completely landed the feature yet so we can't promise it yet."


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