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Rainway lets Xbox One owners stream existing PC games (update)

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Updated March 28, 2019: The Rainway beta is now available to everyone. You just have to download it on the Microsoft Store.

Towards the beginning of this year, a service called Rainway made headlines by announcing that it would allow you to stream your existing PC games to Xbox One. There are already ways to stream PC games to Xbox One — like through Miracast — but that results in a lot of lag.

While Rainway isn’t a traditional subscription-based streaming service like PlayStation Now, it still allows you to play all of your existing PC games on a number of devices as long as they’re connected to the internet. You have to download a Rainway client on your PC and then can access your games even from a browser. The developer claims to offer minimal latency no matter if you’re on a mobile device or an Xbox One.

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A few days ago, Andrew Sampson, the founder and CEO of Rainway said, “I’m also happy to share that our first major game console release will be for the Xbox One in Q1 of 2019  —  enabling all Xbox One owners to play their PC games on the console.”

Hopefully, Rainway will prevail where other services have failed. The main problem with game streaming is the input lag. If your internet connection isn’t strong enough or there’s an issue with the servers, games can become unplayable. Hopefully, the team of Rainway has taken that into account and worked out a feasible solution. However, only time will tell. We’ll provide you with more information as soon as we can test out the Xbox One version.

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