Xbox One update prepares console for Windows 10 game streaming and backward compatibility

Xbox users might want to check for updates, as a new version of the console’s OS is currently rolling out.

The latest update, which comes in at a hefty 2GB, doesn’t bring many user-facing features although it does prepare the console for two important functions: game streaming to Windows 10 devices and backward compatibility with the Xbox 360.

Game streaming has been shown off by Microsoft numerous times, ever since the feature was unveiled back in January. It allows users to stream their games from the Xbox One to any Windows 10 device that has the Xbox app installed. The feature works through the local network and has been quite reliable in testing.

Backward compatibility is arguably an even bigger deal for some Xbox fans, who have massive collections of Xbox 360 games. The feature was unveiled back at E3 to the fans’ delight, though the number of qualifying titles will be limited even at launch, a few months from now.

While both of these features have been available for testing by Xbox previewers, the two features will soon become available to all users. Game streaming will go live on July 29th alongside the Windows 10 rollout, while backward compatibility will follow a few months after that.

Source: Major Nelson

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