Cloud Gaming as part of Xbox Game Pass enables access to console level gaming in the cloud on a huge number of devices. A lesser-known feature is Xbox Remote Play. This feature enables you to play games on your Xbox console remotely. We will examine the benefits of Xbox Remote Play and how to set up your Android device and Xbox for Remote Play.
Benefits of Xbox Remote Play
Just like cloud gaming, Xbox Remote Play enables you to play on a myriad of devices like phones, tablets and PC’s. Connecting your Android device with your Xbox through the Xbox app is very simple and enables you to play console level games like Assassins Creed Valhalla, Halo 5, Sea of Thieves, Destiny 2 and so on. Because you are simply streaming the games over your internet connection, the quality of the experience is only limited to the quality of your Wi-Fi connection.
While cloud gaming requires a subscription of $14.99 per month for Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Xbox Remote Play is free. If your Android device has a built-in LTE connection, then you can enable Cloud Gaming via XGPU while away from your home Wi-Fi connection, but if like many of us you are spending more time at home than before March 2020 then Xbox Remote Play will be the right solution for you. Once you setup your console, the connection between both devices is fast and without any lag but your experience may vary.
How to set up Xbox Remote Play
All you need to do is install the Xbox Android app to use your Android device with Xbox Remote Play.
- Install Xbox app from Google Play Store or apk mirror.
- Pair your phone with your Xbox. (note, both your phone and Xbox must be on the same Wi-Fi network).
- Tap on ‘Remote play on this device’
- You will see this splash screen while your phone connects to your Xbox. The app will ask you to connect a Bluetooth game controller during this step.
- Once you connect you will see your Xbox home screen. From here you can get gaming.