Article By: Jessi 7XS
We can all remember when we first got our cell phones, my first was a basic af prepaid flip; call me after 7 when it’s free. Then came the Nextel, crappy camera but I had service everywhere. Eventually years later, we evolved into our current generation of smartphones. Now with touchscreens, much larger than before, and featuring the best that mobile tech has to offer.
Now I want you to think back, when mobile gaming really began to ramp up in popularity. We’ve had some gems over time; Candy Crush, Temple Run. We’ve completely evolved for the better in recent years, with Call of Duty expanding to mobile, along with Battle Royale hit PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. We’ve been waiting for something more to come, to really take advantage of the newest and brightest smartphones. The wait is over at least as I think, as Xbox has completely changed the game again with the release of Xbox Remote Play.
Xbox Remote Play allows gamers to play games that are currently installed on their Xbox console, including their Game Pass titles, to any compatible Android or IOS device, phone or tablet. You don’t even have to wait for a title to download. Originally this began with Xbox Cloud Gaming, available through the Xbox Game Pass app, which still is not offered through IOS as of yet.
Remote play is available with only a few requirements, and playing your favorite titles will be so simple.
Xbox Remote Play Requirements;
- Phone or Tablet: Android version 6.0+ or IOS version 10+, Bluetooth version 4.0+
- Xbox One, Xbox Series S, or Xbox Series X console
- Compatible Xbox wireless controller with Bluetooth
- Xbox App: available through Apple Store or Google Play
- Microsoft Xbox account
- Internet connection: 5Ghz Wi-Fi or Mobile Data connection 10Mbps down
The Xbox app will be able to walk you through the entire process of setting up for Remote Play. The app will even be able to test your home network, console, and controller to ensure that they are compatible and ready.
I recently upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G back in June, so of course I wanted to check this out for myself. Set up was super easy; using the Xbox App on my phone I was able to set up and even set up my Xbox One to enable Remote Play. The Xbox One controller I have is Bluetooth capable, so in my phone’s Bluetooth settings I paired with the controller. I’ve been on a throwback kick, so I decided to play Modern Warfare Remastered.
While sitting at my desk, playing off of my phone, I left the tv on with the console so my boyfriend Ben could watch. This honestly is totally mind blowing! The only issue I had was not having something to hold my phone up straight while I played. I have got to say, it was pretty awesome; the graphics were as clear as playing on the tv, no issues with lag, and audio was crisp. I haven’t had the chance to try it outside of the house yet, but I’ll be sure to give you an update when I do.
The real question now is, “do I buy an Otterbox phone case that has a kickstand on it so I don’t have to hold my phone?”. The answer is; if you really want to, but you don’t need to. Lucky for us there are now a great range of products that will be sure to give you the best Remote Play experience!
Check out the Razer Kishi. This product holds your device front and center with your controls on either side similar to a Nintendo Switch. The controller connects directly to your phone’s charging port and provides instant button response for smooth control.
So for all you Xbox players out there, give Remote Play a shot! If you’ve tried already, tell us in the comments what you think!