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Nvidia’s RTX 30 series graphics cards launched in September 2020, but they’ve been nearly impossible to find in stores.

  • New Nvidia and AMD graphics cards have driven a PC gaming boom amid an international chip shortage.
  • RTX 30 and RX 6000 series cards are made at a variety of price points and performance levels.
  • Buying an RTX 30 or RX 6000 series card is incredibly difficult but it’s important not to overpay.

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The computer graphics cards designed by Nvidia and AMD serve as the heart of a gaming PC, with cards at a wide range of prices offering increasing levels of image quality and rendering speed.

As home-built gaming computers become more common, demand for individually sold graphics cards has spiked dramatically, leaving most stores out of stock on a day-to-day basis. Just a few retailers, like Microcenter, Best Buy, and Newegg, have advertised restocks. Manufacturer EVGA offers direct sales of the latest graphics cards, but the constant demand has created a lengthy waitlist for potential buyers.

International tariffs and resellers on eBay and Amazon have also led to graphics cards being sold way above their suggested retail price. Prices can increase if the manufacturer makes changes to the base card design too, like adding special lighting or an extra cooling fan.

To help you make the best graphics card purchase without overpaying, we’ve broken down the ins and outs of Nvidia’s RTX 30 and AMD’s RX 6000 series products. That said, it’s important to remember that stock remains hard to come by for all the models we’ve listed, so prices above MSRP are likely unavoidable for the time being.

The starting prices we’ve listed are for reference so you can decide whether any higher prices you may come across are worth the premium. We’ll update this page with more buying options and restock alerts as they’re announced.

Nvidia RTX 30 series graphics cards

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Nvidia’s RTX 3060ti graphics card.

Nvidia has described the demand for its latest series of RTX 30 graphics cards as “unprecedented.” Seven different cards have joined the RTX 30 line since September 2020, with recommended prices ranging from $329 to $1,500.

Priced at about $700, the RTX 3080 is an ideal choice for most people that will meet the needs of all but the most hardcore PC gaming enthusiasts. The $400 RTX 3060 Ti is a perfect pick for midrange and budget PCs, delivering excellent performance at 1080p, but struggling when pushed to 4K.

Nvidia graphics cards also have excellent software features and developer support that can benefit gamers who stream or record their gameplay for YouTube and Twitch. Nvidia’s exclusive DLSS software helps improve performance in certain games by using artificial intelligence to upscale visuals.

Nvidia graphics card

Starting price

Target resolution and refresh rate

RTX 3060

$329

1080p/60hz

RTX 3060 Ti

$399

1080p/144hz

RTX 3070

$499

1440p/60hz

RTX 3070 Ti

$599

1440p/144hz

RTX 3080

$699

1440p/144hz or 4K/60hz

RTX 3080 Ti

$1,199

4K/144hz

RTX 3090

$1,500

4K/144hz

AMD Radeon RX 6000 series graphics cards

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The AMD RX 6800XT was released in November 2020.

AMD’s graphics cards aren’t quite as popular as Nvidia’s, but they boast plenty of power and are generally less expensive than their RTX counterparts. AMD cards get an additional performance boost when paired with AMD processors, which compete with Intel as the most popular gaming CPUs, and are generally more cost effective.

At $649 AMD Radeon 6800XT offers comparable performance to the RTX 3080 for $50 less, while the $579 AMD RX 6800 is a parallel to the $599 RTX 3070ti. The $999 Radeon RX 6900XT outperforms the $1,500 RTX 3090 in some games, but AMD’s cards struggle with some newer features, like ray traced lighting and AI-powered resolution scaling.

Certain newly released games with those features will likely run slightly better on Nvidia hardware until AMD develops its own solutions to boost performance. On the other hand, some popular titles like “Borderlands 3” run better on AMD devices, so the performance differences will vary depending on your choice of games.

AMD graphics card

Starting price

Target resolution and refresh rate

Radeon RX 6700XT

$479

1440p/60hz

Radeon RX 6800

$579

1440p/60hz

Radeon RX 6800XT

$649

1440p/144hz or 4K/60hz

Radeon RX 6900XT

$999

4K/60hz

Where to buy an Nvidia or AMD graphics card

Recommended retailers for an Nvidia or AMD graphics card include Microcenter, Best Buy, Newegg, and Amazon (Nvidia, AMD). Unfortunately, inventory remains sold out at most store, but restocks occur from time to time. AMD also sell units from its own online store, and Nvidia has a tool for checking stock at other retailers.

If you’re on the hunt for an Nvidia or AMD graphics card we recommend checking these landing pages on a regular basis:

Manufacturer EVGA is also offering a virtual waitlist via its website, so you can choose to be contacted by email when stock is available. However, the EVGA waitlist is months long, and the RTX 3080 and RTX 3060ti are in especially high demand.

How to shop for a graphics card

New graphics cards are incredibly hard to buy right now due to an international chip shortage that began in 2020. Resellers are charging far more than retail price on eBay and Amazon and even older cards are selling for above market rate. Given the current market situation it may be more affordable to shop for a pre-built gaming PC or laptop, rather than buying a graphics card separately and building your own.

Prices for the same cards can vary between manufacturers, with upgrades like extra cooling fans or RGB lighting increasing the cost. Graphics cards shipped were also impacted by a US tariff increase that arrived in early 2021, leading manufacturers to increase their prices by $70 to $300 more than what RTX 30 series and AMD 6000 series cards originally sold for in fall 2020.

What to know before buying a graphics card

The graphics card might be the most important part of building a gaming PC, as it will likely determine your computer’s peak performance. However, the more you spend on a graphics card, the more you’ll need to spend on other parts to make sure you’re not limiting its potential.

Even a $1,500 graphics card like the RTX 3090 can struggle if paired with an old processor or motherboard, so be sure to make sure the components in your PC are all modern and compatible before spending most of your budget on a graphics card.

Specifically, you should make sure your power supply can deliver requirements for your card of choice, and you should see if your motherboard supports PCI 4.0. A weak CPU can create a bottleneck that limits the overall speed of your gaming computer too, so don’t overspend on your graphics card if you can’t upgrade your CPU to a similar quality.

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How to install the ‘Among Us’ proximity chat mod and make your games even more suspenseful

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The proximity chat mod, CrewLink, in “Among Us” adds a twist to traditional voice chat.

  • The “Among Us” proximity chat mod makes it so you can hear other players talking when they’re near you in-game.
  • To install the proximity chat mod, download it from GitHub and run it, then open “Among Us.”
  • You’ll need to make sure that “Among Us” is fully updated before using the mod.
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Solving a murder mystery is a lot harder when you can’t talk to anyone else. But if you can hear your partners – only for their voices to be taken away right when you need them most – you’ve got the makings of a high-stakes drama.

That’s where CrewLink, the proximity chat mod for “Among Us,” comes in. Here’s what you need to know about the mod, including how to install and use it.

‘Among Us’ proximity chat, explained

The CrewLink mod in “Among Us” allows you to verbally communicate with players who are close to you in-game. So you’ll be able to hear everyone in the waiting lobby, but everyone’s sound level will change as the game begins – the closer another player is to you, the louder they’ll be, even through walls. If they’re further away, their voice will be quieter, if audible at all.

This adds a definite sense of suspense and drama to the game as your friends’ voices suddenly go silent when they’re killed, or as you yell for help while being chased. It also makes emergency meetings incredibly chaotic, as players rush to be heard.

How to install the proximity chat mod in ‘Among Us’

You’ll need to download the latest version of CrewLink from GitHub. To do that, go to the “Installation Instructions” section of the mod page and click “releases.” The latest version will appear at the top of the page. Then, under “Assets,” click the first link (it should be a .exe file) and the download will begin.

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Click “CrewLink-Setup-2.0.1.exe” – or whatever the most recent version is – to download it.

Save the .exe file somewhere you can find it. Once it’s saved, double-click to open it – you may see antivirus warnings, in which case select the option that allows it to continue. After it’s finished installing, which should only take a few seconds, it should automatically open. You should then be able to use the mod in a game.

Be aware that you may run into issues if “Among Us” isn’t up to date (or if it’s the beta version).

How to use proximity chat in ‘Among Us’

Once installed, you can turn on the mod by launching the game and joining a lobby. From the menu, go into the game settings and check the box next to “Voice Activity.”

When you go back into the main menu page, you should see a green ring around your character while you’re talking. Other players in your lobby will appear below yours. If they also have the mod and are talking, you should also see the green ring around their avatars. Otherwise, they’ll show up with a red ring.

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“Among Us” running with CrewLink’s mod in the corner.

Once you’ve enabled the mod, you can switch over to push-to-talk mode in the settings, if you prefer.

For more information, including a video guide, check out this useful video from YouTuber Ottomated.

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How to check ‘League of Legends’ server status if you can’t connect to the game

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If “League of Legends” isn’t working properly, it may be an issue with Riot Games’ servers.

  • You can check “League of Legends'” server status through Riot Games’ website or Twitter account.
  • If there aren’t issues on with “League’s” servers, you should troubleshoot your own internet connection.
  • For example, try resetting your router and then opening “League of Legends” again.,
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Multiplayer online games like “League of Legends” can be fun, except when you run into server issues and are dropped from your game without warning. When that happens, you can troubleshoot to fix the problem, but first you should check to see if the problems are coming from Riot Games’ own “League of Legends” servers.

How to check the ‘League of Legends’ server status

There are two ways to check “League’s” server status:

1. Check the Riot Games service status website. If there’s an issue, you should see a notice under “Current Messages.”

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You’ll be notified of any server issues under “Current Messages.”

2. Check the Riot Games support Twitter account. The developer may post a tweet before it can update the website (though it posts to both areas when something goes wrong), so it’s worth checking both.

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The @RiotSupport Twitter account may tweet out any server issues.

How to troubleshoot ‘League of Legends’ internet issues

There are a few options for troubleshooting: restarting the game, resetting your router, and exiting out of other internet tasks or downloads. Here’s how to do the first two methods:

Restart the game:

  • On a PC, press Ctrl+Alt+Delete/Esc to force-quit. Next, select “Task Manager” and then select the “League of Legends” app and hit “End Task,” then relaunch the game as usual.
  • On a Mac, press Option+Command+Esc to force-quit the application, then select the “League of Legends” app in the window and hit “Force Quit.”
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On a Mac, try force quitting the League of Legends application.

Reset your router:

  • Unplug your router from the power supply and wait for 30 seconds before plugging it back in. Once you’ve done this, restart “League.”

For more tips on how to fix a faulty internet connection, check out our article, “10 ways to troubleshoot and fix any Wi-Fi problems you’re encountering.”

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How to download new Minecraft maps and add them to your game

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It’s easy to download and play on new maps in “Minecraft.”

  • You can download “Minecraft” maps that others have made and play on them yourself.
  • “Minecraft” maps can be downloaded for free from community sites like Minecraft Maps or CurseForge.
  • Once you’ve downloaded a “Minecraft” map, you can play on it by placing it in your game’s “saves” folder.
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Minecraft” – and in particular the original, mod-friendly “Java” edition – is a game that offers its players near limitless creativity. No two worlds are alike, and starting a new one can sometimes seem like a daunting task.

Fortunately, you don’t have to start from scratch. Thanks to a benevolent community eager to show off their masterpieces, you can download an expert-level Minecraft map and start playing right away.

And these downloadable maps are often more than mere templates: They can offer adventurous puzzles, jump-scare horror experiences, scavenger hunts, multiplayer games, and more. As long as the map you download is compatible with the version of Minecraft you run, just about every theme and type of map imaginable is at your fingertips.

Here’s where you can find amazing custom maps, and how you can add them to your slate of playable Minecraft worlds.

How to download a ‘Minecraft’ map and add it to your game

1. When you find a map you want to download that’s compatible with the version of Java you run, download, unzip and drag the file to your desktop (or any location on your computer that you can find again quickly).

2. Next, you’ll find and open your Minecraft folder. If your Minecraft folder is saved in the default location for your device, then you can find it by:

  • Windows: Press the Windows key + R to open the Run menu. In the text field, enter “%appdata%.minecraft” and press Enter.
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You’ll find the right folder buried deep in your computer’s files.

  • Mac: Open a Finder window and click “Go” at the top of the screen, and then “Go to Folder.” In the pop-up that appears, enter “~/Library/ApplicationSupport/minecraft” and press “Go.”
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The saves folder can be hard to locate.

  • Linux: In your Home directory, Minecraft can be found in “/home/YOURNAME/.minecraft/.”

3. In your Minecraft folder, find the “saves” folder. When you open it, you’ll see the names of all your existing worlds.

4. Grab the map you downloaded and drag and drop the file into the Minecraft “saves” folder. Make sure to drag the entire folder for the map download file, and not just contents within the folder.

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Drag and drop the map download into your Minecraft directory’s “saves” folder.

5. Open the Minecraft Launcher and start “Minecraft.”

6. Select “Singleplayer,” find your new map, and click “Play Selected World.”

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Your new maps will appear in the list.

From here, brace yourself for the exquisitely cultivated world you’re about to be loaded into – just be sure to give credit to the world’s actual creator when your multiplayer friends compliment your world.

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Flying around in “Future City 4.5,” a sleek futuristic cityscape created by user “Zeemo” and downloaded from MinecraftMaps.com.

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How to redeem a Roblox gift card in 2 different ways, so you can buy in-game accessories and upgrades

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There are two ways you can redeem a Roblox gift card.

  • You can redeem a Roblox gift card in a browser but not in the app.
  • You can redeem your gift card by applying the balance to your account, or by using it during the checkout process.
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Roblox contains a wide world of user-generated games, and while playing is free, in-game upgrades and avatar accessories (as well as a premium membership) will cost you.

But if you have a Roblox gift card, you can use that to pay for the platform’s virtual currency, Robux, and take advantage of those extra options.

There are two ways to redeem a Roblox gift card: Applying the balance to your account or using it while checking out. Either way, you’ll need to go through a web browser, because these processes are not available on the app.

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How to install OptiFine to massively enhance ‘Minecraft’s’ graphics and add new features

  • You can install OptiFine for free by downloading it from the official website, and then launching “Minecraft.”
  • OptiFine can be used with Minecraft Forge, or separately from it.
  • OptiFine lets you optimize “Minecraft” for your computer, as well as change the graphics.
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OptiFine is a versatile program that many “Minecraft” players can’t imagine going without, particularly when playing on a less capable computer. It’s a “Minecraft: Java Edition” optimizer, allowing computers with less memory and less powerful graphics cards to run the game more smoothly.

OptiFine also gives you access to tons of new texture packs and HD shaders to make your game look as good as possible, as well a few useful new gameplay mechanics, including the famous “OptiFine Zoom.”

It’s different from mods in how it’s installed and runs, but is similar in that it changes how the game looks and works.

Here are two ways to install and use OptiFine, depending on whether or not you want to use it with other mods.

How to install and run OptiFine in ‘Minecraft’ without mods

1. In a web browser of your choice, navigate to the OptiFine downloads page. If you aren’t running the most current version of “Minecraft,” click “Show all versions” to find and select your version.

2. Click “Download” next to the version of OptiFine that you want. Click “Skip” in the top-right corner after a brief countdown if you’re taken to an ad break page.

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Download the version of OptiFine that matches your version of “Minecraft.”

3. Click “Download” when you’re redirected to the OptiFine download, and save it anywhere you can find it. You may see a warning about your download from your browser and/or computer, which you can safely disregard.

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If you’re shown an ad page, wait for the “Skip” option to appear, and you’ll be brought to this page.

4. Navigate to the downloaded OptiFine file, which will be an executable .jar file. Double-click the file to open the installer and click “Install.” You should then see a message saying OptiFine has been successfully installed.

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OptiFine has a quick and simple installation interface.

5. Open your Minecraft Launcher, and in the drop-down menu to the left of the “Play” button, make sure that “OptiFine” is selected. Once it is, click “Play.”

6. When “Minecraft” loads, select “Options…” from the main menu, then “Video Settings.” You’ll know that the OptiFine download was successful if you see added options like “Shaders,” “Details,” and “Animations.”

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OptiFine will add a few categories to Video Settings, like “Details…” and “Animations…” within which are a wealth of customizable settings.

How to install and run OptiFine to work with ‘Minecraft’ mods

1. Follow the first three steps to download OptiFine as shown above. If you haven’t already, download Minecraft Forge as well. You can follow our guide here.

2. Open the Minecraft Launcher app.

3. In the drop-down menu near the green play button, select “forge” then click “Play” to launch.

4. You’ll see the “Mods” option in the Minecraft main menu. Click it, then select “Open mods folder.” Java will automatically open the mods folder created by Forge.

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This button is a shortcut to the mods folder.

5. Drag and drop the .jar OptiFine file that you downloaded into this mods folder.

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Put the OptiFine file in the same place as your mods.

6. Close “Minecraft” and relaunch it, again running the Forge installation version. This time on the load screen, you should see the message “Found 2 modfiles to load” pass by, indicating that OptiFine has been incorporated into Forge.

7. You can check that it’s been installed correctly the same way as before: By going into the main menu and selecting “Options…” then “Video Settings.” If there are additional options like “Shaders,” “Details,” and “Animations,” then OptiFine is installed.

How to get started using OptiFine

OptiFine adds a lot of new options and settings to your game, so it can be a bit confusing to jump right in. Here’s some of the basic features, explained.

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How to install Minecraft Forge and gain access to thousands of new ‘Minecraft’ mods

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Installing “Minecraft” mods is easy with Minecraft Forge.

  • You can install Minecraft Forge from the Forge website, where it’s free to download.
  • Minecraft Forge is an add-on for “Minecraft: Java Edition” that lets you install and enable mods.
  • Make sure that you download the version of Minecraft Forge that corresponds with your current “Minecraft” version.
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Minecraft” is famous for how many mods it has, and how easy they are to install. These mods can be practical – like creating a new item – or they can add fun thematic elements to your game, such as new game modes.

To install these mods, you’ll need to use a free add-on called Minecraft Forge. This will let you customize “Minecraft: Java Edition” with mods.

Here’s how to install Minecraft Forge, and use it to install mods.

How to add a mod to Minecraft

Forge won’t come with mods built into it, so you’ll need to find them yourself. You can find all sorts of “Minecraft” mods through Google, and websites like minecraftmods.com.

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There are thousands of “Minecraft” mods, with new ones being added each day.

Once you’ve found one that’s appealing, save the file to your newly-created Forge mods folder. The address on your PC will be: C:Users[your username]AppDataRoaming.minecraftmods

On a Mac, it’ll be: [your computer’s name] > Macintosh HD > Users > [your username] > Library > Application Support > minecraft > mods

In place of [your username], insert the name of the account you’re using on your computer.

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You can search for “Mods” if you are having trouble locating your Minecraft Mods folder.

Once you’ve done that, you can check that the mod is enabled by clicking the “Mods” tab on the “Minecraft” main menu (see above), then confirming that the mod is listed in the left column beneath the “Minecraft” version you’re running.

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The Zombie Extreme mod gives you “Minecraft,” but with extra powerful zombies.

For more details on installing mods, as well as a guide on how to install resource/texture packs (a different type of mod), check out our article, “How to install ‘Minecraft’ mods and resource packs to completely reinvent your game.”

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How to change your mouse’s DPI to make the cursor move faster or slower

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It’s easy to change your mouse’s DPI settings on your PC.

  • You can change your mouse’s DPI in several ways, but the easiest is through the Settings menu.
  • DPI, or “Dots Per Inch,” is a stat used to measure how fast your on-screen cursor moves when you move your mouse.
  • Using the computer’s settings to force a slow mouse to go faster can occasionally cause glitches, and make the cursor inaccurate.
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DPI, or dots per inch, is the measure of a computer mouse’s sensitivity. The higher your DPI, the farther your on-screen cursor will move for every inch your move the mouse.

This is why many people choose to change the DPI on their computer mouse. Lowering the DPI can help with tasks that require precision, like drawing with a mouse; raising the DPI is ideal if you need faster movement for games or other apps.

 

More advanced mice often have sliders or buttons that allow you to adjust the DPI in the mouse itself. Some have dedicated computer apps that will let you do it too.

However, if your mouse has neither of these things, you can still artificially adjust the DPI using your computer’s settings menus. Just note that while using this method is safe, it can make your cursor seem buggy or less accurate. This is especially true if you try to make a slow mouse go much faster.

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How to play Xbox One games on your PC in 2 ways, without having to buy the games again

If you ever wanted to play your Xbox One games on your PC, you’re in luck. Many Xbox One games can be played easily on a Windows 10 computer. This is great for homes that share one Xbox console, since you won’t have to compete to use the singular console.

There are two ways to play Xbox One games on your computer. The first method is through a service called Xbox Play Anywhere. The second option requires you to stream the game through Windows 10, which will require a constant internet connection. Here’s a step-by-step guide for each method.

How to play Xbox One games on PC using Xbox Play Anywhere

If you already own a game that is included on the Xbox Play Anywhere list, you can play it on your PC for no additional charge, and you can sync your game data between your PC and Xbox One.

1. Go to the Xbox Play Anywhere website and log into your Microsoft account.

2. Head to this page and scroll through the list of games, and then click on the one you want to play. Keep in mind that if you don’t already own the game, you’ll need to purchase it.

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Games you don’t already own will have a price listed beside them.

3. Click “Get” or “Install.” If a pop-up appears requesting that you use the Microsoft Store app, click on the option that allows you to do so.

4. Once the game finishes installing, click “Play” to launch the game. Have fun!

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You might need to install and play the game through the Microsoft Store.

How to play Xbox One games on PC via streaming to Windows 10

If the game you want to play remotely isn’t included on the Xbox Play Anywhere list, your only other option is to play it via streaming.

To do this, your PC and Xbox One will need to be on the same internet connection. You’ll also need to make sure that both systems stay connected to the internet – if you lose your connection, you’ll lose the stream.

 

You should also make sure that both devices are fully updated. If there are any updates pending, install them.

1. On your Xbox One’s Home screen, press the Xbox button on the controller.

2. Navigate to the Profile & System tab, and select the “Settings” option.

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Select “Settings” and press “A.”

3. In to the “Devices & connections” tab, select “Remote features.”

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Select “Remote features” in the “Devices & connections” menu.

4. Select “Xbox app preferences.”

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The Xbox app is what you’ll use on your PC to stream games.

5. On the left-side menu, select either “Allow connections from any device” or “Only from profiles signed in on this Xbox.” On the right-side menu, select “Allow game streaming to other devices.”

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Make sure that you set up both the Xbox app and your own Xbox.

6. Using either Bluetooth or a USB connection, connect your Xbox One controller to your PC

7. On your PC, click the Start button and type “Xbox Console Companion” into the search bar. Once it appears, click “Open.”

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The Xbox Console Companion app is automatically included with Windows 10.

8. On your PC, open the Xbox Console Companion app. On the left sidebar, click on the icon that appears to resemble an Xbox console. When you hover your cursor over it, it will say “Connection.”

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Click on the “Connection” button on the left sidebar.

9. Click on the Xbox console you wish to connect to.

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If you have multiple consoles on the same network, you’ll be able to connect to any that you’ve set up.

10. Click “Stream” to begin playing.

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“Stream” will be near the top-right corner.

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