Microsoft’s cloud streaming service launched this month for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers, but South Africa didn’t make the party list. As a sort of consolation prize, however, we can use the new Remote Play streaming service instead. It’s the same, but different… but kind of the same. But also different.
With xCloud, users stream content from Microsoft’s cloud servers over the internet. With Remote Play, users stream content from their Xbox One console over a wi-fi or mobile internet connection. Different, but same.
It works much like Xbox One to PC streaming, by projecting the console’s display on your Android device – although the controller can be synced to the console or your phone. I also managed to link up to my Xbox One over a mobile internet connection, but without local Xbox Live servers and data bouncing to and from the EU instead, the latency is baaaaad. This isn’t a problem on my 300+Mbps home wi-fi network, though, and if there’s latency, it’s inconsequential.
A phone or tablet with Android version 6.0+ and Bluetooth version 4.0+
An Xbox console, Microsoft account, and compatible Xbox controller
The Xbox app
A wi-fi or mobile internet connection with a minimum download speed of 10Mbps
Download the Xbox Beta app on Google Play, sign into your account, and connect to your Xbox
Sign up for the NAG Weekend Edition, and get a super-special curated list of what's cool and trendy this week, delivered to your inbox every Friday. Plus, each month, one subscriber can win a prize sponsored by Apex Interactive!