How to Unlock HQ Xbox Streaming in Windows 10?
I’ve been having fun with Windows 10; it’s a pretty easy operating system for Windows enthusiasts to comprehend. For gamers, there’s the added perk of being able to play Xbox One games on your PC, especially if your computer setup is better than your TV.
These games aren’t played on your PC. Microsoft just streams whatever you’re doing on your Xbox One to your computer, and any controller inputs are sent back to your console.
The process is simple and fun. However, the quality settings—even at their very highest—provide a lackluster streaming experience. The picture is fine, but it won’t really blow you away. It might, in fact, make you wish you were sitting in front of your TV instead, if you’re particular about looks versus convenience.
But while Microsoft doesn’t make it super easy, there’s actually a way to unlock an even higher-quality setting. According to Kotaku, you’ll want to start by opening up File Explorer and copy-pasting a specific location into your address bar: “C:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Local\Packages\”
From there, Navigate to the folder that starts with “Microsoft.XboxApp…” and open it. Within that folder, look for a second folder—LocalState—and and open that. Inside, you’ll find a file called “userconsoledata.” Right-click on it and open it up with Notepad.
Inside Notepad, search for the bit that has the word “false” sandwiched between the “IsInternalPreview” tags. Once you’ve found it, change that “false” to a “true,” and then save the file and close it.
Now go back and open the normal Xbox app that you’d use to stream from your console to your PC. You should be able to use a new “Very High” quality setting that should spruce up how your games look during the streaming process (assuming your network connection and/or computer can handle that much).
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