Microsoft teased in November that it was working on the ability to stream Xbox One games to VR headsets connected to a Windows 10 PC. Less than four weeks later Microsoft has made good on that promise. Oculus today announced that Rift owners can stream Xbox One titles to their headset using the newly available Xbox One Streaming app.
"Connect to your console via the app and watch your games come to life on a huge virtual screen in three immersive virtual theaters. Now you can expand your library of VR games with your favorite Xbox One titles, including Xbox 360 games that are playable on Xbox One," Oculus said.
To stream games to the Rift, the headset has to be connected to the same network as the Xbox One console. It's worth noting that this doesn't deliver the full VR experience. What this does is allow Rift owners to play games on a large, virtual screen that might appear larger than their HDTV. The other benefit here is privacy—if there are little ones around, Rift owners can play games such as Grand Theft Auto V without subjecting others to its violent and often times inappropriate content.
With the Xbox One Streaming app, gamers can choose three different virtual theaters or modes, all of which plop them in front of a virtual display. They can also manipulate the display to their liking, such as making it bigger or smaller, setting the level of curvature, or making it completely flat.
This is similar to PlayStation VR's implementation with its cinema mode, except that it supports most devices connected via HDMI while the Xbox One Streaming app is limited to the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.
In any event, the Xbox One Streaming app is available now.