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How to play Xbox games on your PC

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Hannah Stryker / Instructional Geek
Here are your best options for playing Xbox games on your PC:

  • Get an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription and install Xbox ports on your PC or stream Xbox games from the cloud
  • Stream from your Xbox console to your PC
  • use an emulator

You can now play many Xbox games on your PC without owning an Xbox console. All you need is the Xbox app and a subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. You can also buy some Xbox apps that have been ported to PC, or try an emulator.

How to Play Xbox Games on PC

The easiest way to enjoy Xbox games on your PC is to get the Xbox app on your Windows computer. If you have a computer running Windows 11 or Windows 10, you’ll probably find it in the Start menu since it comes pre-installed. However, if you don’t already have it, you can download the free Xbox app for your Windows PC from the official Xbox website. Please note that this app does not work on versions of Windows prior to Windows 10.

Next, you’ll need to get Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. This subscription isn’t free, but it does give you access to hundreds of Xbox and PC games, including some of the best titles on the console. You can purchase this subscription in the Xbox app or from the Game Pass Ultimate page on the Xbox website. After that, all you need to do is sign in to the Xbox app. As such, you can play Xbox games on your PC in two ways.

First of all, you can download and play your own Xbox games that have been transferred to PC. You will find all the titles available in the Xbox app. Click on “Store” and then click on the game you want to purchase and download. Once the download is complete, you can open the game and start playing on your PC right away.

Menu showing the games available in the Xbox app.

Second, you can stream Xbox games from the cloud by clicking on “Cloud Gaming”. This will stream Xbox games running on Microsoft servers and you can play them on your PC even if your PC doesn’t have much graphics power. You will need an Xbox controller to play

Third, you can stream games from your Xbox to your PC, as long as both are connected to the Internet. In the same Xbox app shown above, if both your Xbox console and PC are connected to the Internet, you’ll find an icon for your Xbox console in the upper left corner next to the notification bell icon. It’s called “Consoles” if you mouse over it.

Note: Unfortunately, this feature only works with Xbox One consoles and not the newer Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S consoles. You can still stream games available on Cloud Gaming.

Click on this icon and select your Xbox console from the dropdown menu. You then need to press the “X” button on your Xbox to confirm the connection. Once you do, your PC screen will start showing what’s happening on your Xbox. You are now in streaming mode! Plug in your Xbox controller and you’re all set.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate also has other great benefits, for example, it includes Xbox Live Gold.

How to cancel Xbox Game Pass on PC

To cancel your subscription to Xbox Game Pass (or any of its variants), start by going to the Microsoft Services & Subscription page. Once you’re logged in, find the subscription you want to cancel and click “Manage.” In the Manage menu, there is a heading called “Payment Settings”, under which you will find the option to cancel your subscription.

Other ways to play Xbox games on PC

In addition to using Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, there are other ways to play Xbox titles on your PC. For example, you can use an emulator to play original Xbox and Xbox 360 games on your PC.

If you need a good emulator, check out Xemu for original Xbox games and Xenia for Xbox 360 games. Unfortunately, there are no good emulators for Xbox One games yet.


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