Xbox One Graphics – Native vs Windows 10 Streaming Screenshot Comparison: Compressed but Enjoyable

on July 24, 2015 1:20 PM

One of the most interesting features of the Xbox App on Windows 10 is the ability to stream Xbox One games directly to any device running the operating system, and on July 29th everyone with a legit copy of Windows 7 and Windows 8 will get a chance to try it.

Of course streaming to another device will always involve a certain degree of compression. Streaming uncompressed video would require a bandwidth that home networks simply don’t have available.

Luckily, both the Xbox One and the Xbox App give us the perfect tools to gauge what kind of compression we’re talking about, as both platforms feature screenshot capture in lossless PNG.

In order to compare, we got screenshots of several games on Xbox One, and then we repated the operation on exactly the same scene while streaming on PC. You can check  out the results below.

On top you’ll find the original screenshot from the Xbox One, and below it, the version streamed on PC. In order to do see the differences more easily, click on the labels above each screenshot to open a full resolution version, of both screenshots, then flip between the different tabs on your browser.

To spice things up, we also got some screenshots of Mass Effect for Xbox 360, first emulated on Xbox One, and then streamed on Windows 10 via the Xbox One.

Titanfall – Xbox One Native

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Titanfall – Streamed on Windows 10

Xbox 7_24_2015 3_29_45 AM

Titanfall – Xbox One Native

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Titanfall – Streamed on Windows 10

Xbox 7_24_2015 3_21_07 AM

Titanfall – Xbox One Native

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Titanfall – Streamed on Windows 10

Xbox 7_24_2015 3_11_54 AM

Forza Horizon 2 – Xbox One Native

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Forza Horizon 2 – Streamed on Windows 10

Xbox 7_24_2015 2_42_13 AM

Forza Horizon 2 – Xbox One Native

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Forza Horizon 2 – Streamed on Windows 10

Xbox 7_24_2015 2_38_31 AM

Forza Motorsport 5 – Xbox One Native

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Forza Motorsport 5 – Streamed on Windows 10

Xbox 7_24_2015 4_16_56 AM

Forza Motorsport 5 – Xbox One Native

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Forza Motorsport 5 – Streamed on Windows 10

Xbox 7_24_2015 3_47_36 AM

Rayman Legends – Xbox One Native

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Rayman Legends – Streamed on Windows 10

Xbox 7_24_2015 4_36_56 AM

Rayman Legends – Xbox One Native

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Rayman Legends – Streamed on Windows 10

Xbox 7_24_2015 4_28_55 AM

Neverwinter – Xbox One Native

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Neverwinter – Streamed on Windows 10

Xbox 7_24_2015 3_01_55 AM

Neverwinter – Xbox One Native

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Neverwinter – Streamed on Windows 10

Xbox 7_24_2015 3_04_56 AM

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round – Xbox One Native

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Dead or Alive 5: Last Round – Streamed on Windows 10

Xbox 7_24_2015 2_55_29 AM

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round – Xbox One Native

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Dead or Alive 5: Last Round – Streamed on Windows 10

Xbox 7_24_2015 2_46_25 AM

Mass Effect – Emulated on Xbox One

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Mass Effect – Emulated on Xbox One and Streamed on Windows 10

Xbox 7_24_2015 4_50_08 AM

Mass Effect – Emulated on Xbox One

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Mass Effect – Emulated on Xbox One and Streamed on Windows 10

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 As you can see from the screenshots above, the compression is visible, but definitely not enough to be disturbing.

The games are still very enjoyable even through streaming to Windows 10, and the very low latency (at least via cabled router) completes the picture, sealing a feature that positively enhances the value of both the operating system and the Xbox One. By how much, that’s for each individual to judge, but it’s definitely nice to have.

If you want to read and see more about the Xbox App on Windows 10, you can read our analysis of the quality and performance of the Game DVR, and watch our full overview video.

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.