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Xbox Console Streaming is now available for all Xbox Insiders (and that could be you)

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Update, January 17: Xbox Console Streaming is now available for all members of the Xbox Insider Program. Since all you have to do to become an Insider is download the Xbox Insider Hub app on your system, that means anybody (in supported regions) can start streaming games from their Xbox to their Android phone right now.

It is still a pre-release version, so you shouldn't expect Xbox Console Streaming to work perfectly yet. Until then, Microsoft says it's eager to get "even more feedback from a broader set of players in a wider variety of environments from all over the world."

Original story: Microsoft has announced the launch of the testing preview for its new Xbox Console Streaming feature. The system enables you to play your Xbox One games from your console library on Android devices and here’s how you can join it. 

Currently the Xbox Console Streaming feature is available to test if you're an Xbox Insider in the Alpha and Alpha Skip-Ahead rings in the UK and US with a device that runs Android 6.0 or higher and Bluetooth 4.0. You also have to download the Xbox Game Streaming app. If you are an Insider, you can play any of your owned and installed Xbox One games - including any titles from your Xbox Game Pass subscription - on an Android phone or tablet remotely from your console. 

Principal Program Manager Jonathan Hildebrandt announced the news in a post on Xbox's official website. "This preview is an important step in our journey to deliver game streaming to Xbox players around the world," Hildebrandt wrote. "We'll work closely with you and the Insider community to gather feedback that will shape and define future iterations of Xbox Console Streaming."

The console streaming preview is not to be confused with Microsoft's cloud-based streaming service Project xCloud that was officially announced back in September. To clarify, the Xbox Game Streaming preview is testing two different ways to stream your games, with the Xbox Console Streaming feature preview testing streaming games from your console, while the Project xCloud preview tests streaming Xbox games via the cloud. 

You can currently sign up to take part in Project xCloud, which appears to be available to preview for those who have already registered, with a tweet surfacing of someone playing a game via the cloud who doesn't own an Xbox. The cloud streaming service lets you try out a selection of games including Sea of Thieves, Gears 5, Killer Instinct and Halo 5: Guardians

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Currently you won't be able to test out any backwards compatible games in your library, and while you can only test out the feature if you're in the US or UK, Microsoft hopes to expand the preview to more regions in the future. 

Want to know more about Microsofts next-gen console? Here's our roundup of everything we know so far about Xbox Project Scarlett

Heather Wald

I started out writing for the games section of a student-run website as an undergrad, and continued to write about games in my free time during retail and temp jobs for a number of years. Eventually, I earned an MA in magazine journalism at Cardiff University, and soon after got my first official role in the industry as a content editor for Stuff magazine. After writing about all things tech and games-related, I then did a brief stint as a freelancer before I landed my role as a staff writer here at GamesRadar+. Now I get to write features, previews, and reviews, and when I'm not doing that, you can usually find me lost in any one of the Dragon Age or Mass Effect games, tucking into another delightful indie, or drinking far too much tea for my own good.