Miracast is a standard for wireless connections from various devices to displays such as TV’s or projectors. It was first introduced in 2012 by Wi-Fi Alliance. It is usually described as “HDMI over Wi-Fi” Miracast technology is becoming more popular recently. We can see devices like Chromecast become very common. New TV’s come equipped with casting abilities. Now Microsoft has jumped on the trend, and have added casting abilities to the Xbox One.
Xbox Wireless Display App
Today, Microsoft has released its new and improved Wireless Display app for the Xbox One. Through this, PC’s and Android screens can be projected to the Xbox One. The app allows the Xbox to basically act as a Miracast receiver. The feature was first teased in Microsoft’s Inside Xbox live show.
Even though this casting has been around for a long time, Xbox One casting takes it to the next level. The Xbox One focuses on gaming through casting. You can play PC games directly on the Xbox within the new app. The app supports controller support, allowing you to play PC games through the Xbox controller.
To get the app to work you need to first download the app on Xbox. After this, you have to launch the app after which you will be visible to other devices. To connect to the Xbox you have to open the display menu (via the Win + P command) and select XBOXONE. To enable the controller you have to tick the box to enable keyboard and mouse input from the Xbox. By hitting the view and menu icons on the gamepad you will be able to switch between mouse and gamepad inputs. You are able to play all sort of games, including Steam-purchased games. The app only restricts protected video content like Netflix or Hulu.
This is yet another move by Microsoft in an attempt to integrate Windows 10 and Xbox. You can read more about their previous efforts to integrate the two platforms here.