How to speed up Xbox streaming on Windows 10

While tinkering with their Windows 10 PC, one Reddit user was able to produce a higher quality of streaming from the Xbox One to their Windows 10 PC.

One of the coolest features of Windows 10 is the compatibility to stream your Xbox One games directly on your PC, and even users are tinkering to make it a better quality. While its innovative of Microsoft to combine the two, the quality of the streaming isn't exactly polished.

Tinkering with your system

A user on Reddit posted how they edited one of their text files on their Windows 10 computer, showing how the higher quality of video can be produced with a few simple steps. Being only a three-step process you might think that the action is easy, but unless you are able to fix any problems that arise you might want to consult a techy friend to assist you. Below is the full step-by-step guide to increase your quality of streaming.

  1. Open up the folder: C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.XboxApp_######\LocalState. (The USERNAME will be the name assigned to your login and the ##### is the string of random characters associated with the app).
  2. Open the "userconsoledata" file with Notepad.
  3. Change the IsInternalPreview value to true. That mean's you'll be looking for this false and changing it to this true.
  4. Save the file.
  5. Launch the Xbox App and go into settings and you should now see a "very high" option for video encoding level under game streaming.

Understand that although you are editing some text files to increase the quality of streaming, your home network will play a large role in the Mbps. On Reddit, some users said they were gaining 20 Mbps, which means they must have had a high bandwidth for their network. Directly from Reddit, one user uploaded what kind of difference they experienced between High and Very High settings.

High Settings:

Very High Settings:

Before you do any of the steps and risk your Windows 10 PC, make sure to back up all your files, have a tech-savvy friend handy if you're not savvy yourself, and -of course- prepare for some epic looking games. 

Would you take the risky move and upgrade your PC for the better streaming options from the Xbox One to Windows 10 PC?

Published Aug. 14th 2015
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  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    With an internal network if you can't run at a minimum of 300Mbs I would be very surprised. If you are wired then that would be about 1Gbs.

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