Xbox Game Streaming app is now live on Windows—via a sneaky download

Surprise: Xbox Game Streaming, the Stadia-like service that delivers over 200 games for a flat $15/mo rate, now works on Windows 10 PCs. The catch, for the time being, is that it’s not officially out yet.

A workaround that quietly leaked in late 2020 is finally making the rounds thanks to recent Reddit and YouTube shares. In that span of time, Microsoft has yet to plug this method of getting the game-streaming service, currently an Android exclusive, up and running on your PC. It requires accessing and downloading an app that is otherwise buried in an official Microsoft database, then using a one-time unlock phrase to get it functioning.

But the steps are simple and safe enough, as I’ve tested, to recommend it to anyone eager to test Xbox’s streaming option on their favorite Win10 laptop or desktop—and to finally see how Xbox Game Streaming (formerly known as Project xCloud) performs on wired Ethernet connections.

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