As you may know, there are a large number of ways you can stream television now. You probably even have one or more devices in your house that you can use to do so. You may have an Apple TV, Fire TV Stick, or even a Roku device. The majority of newer video game consoles have the ability to be used as a streaming device too.
If you don’t own any of these devices your TV might have the functionality built in to stream. One of the best and most affordable ways of streaming has to be Google Chromecast. It is a great way to stream videos from your phone to a bigger screen. Just about every video provider has included the ability to stream to Chromecast into the apps that they make for Android devices.
Chromecasts lack of menus can make leaving an HDMI port dedicated to a streaming stick a waste of space if you have other streaming devices in the house. Xbox One owners can use their system instead of filling up another HDMI port on their TV thankfully, which makes watching content through Chromecast easier.
Your Xbox One has media and utility features that mix well with how simple Chromecast is. The combination of these two things make streaming content straight to your phone possible.
What Are the Ports on Your Xbox One?
The original Xbox and Xbox 360 were dedicated almost entirely to gameplay and didn’t have too many other media features. This made the majority of Xbox users purely gamers. So, when the Xbox One came out, Xbox users were not fans of how non-gaming media was played through the console. Since the original release in 2013, Xbox and Microsoft have gone back to focusing mainly on Gaming to keep their fanbase happy and to keep from upsetting them further.
The good news is that all three versions of the Xbox One do support HDMI-in. Most devices that don’t have their own display usually have an HDMI-out port which is used to send video and audio to a TV or computer monitor. What this means is that the Xbox One is capable of having video and audio sent to it and not just from it.
This is a pretty cool feature that most devices don’t have. There are three models of the Xbox One now and you might be wondering which port you are looking for on your model of the device. Well, here is a guide to tell you which port to look for on each model of the Xbox One.
Original Xbox One
If you bought the Xbox One when it first came out that you have the original console. It is the largest of the three models and its design is clean and looks nice. This is a guide to the ports on the back of your Xbox One straight from the Microsoft website.
Power supply port: Power supply connects here. From left to right:
1. HDMI out: HDMI cable connects here and then to your TV.
2. S/PDIF: Optical audio output (optional; optical cable not included).
3. HDMI in: HDMI cable connects here and then to your HDMI-compatible cable/satellite receiver.
4. USB 3.0 ports: Two ports used to connect wired accessories, such as the Xbox One Play & Charge Kit and gaming accessories.
5. Kinect port: Proprietary USB port, to be used only for Kinect.
6. IR out: Infrared output port for IR blasters (optional; IR blaster not included).
7. Networking port: Ethernet cable connects here from your modem or router (Ethernet cable not included).
8. Lock port: Allows you to connect a laptop lock to your console to secure it (optional; lock not included).
The two ports that you need to worry about here are the HDMI-out (port 2) which is what you hook up to your TV or computer monitor and the HDMI-in (port 4) which is what you will need to use with Chromecast.
Xbox One S
The Xbox One S is the second of three models to come out so far. It came out in 2016 three years after the original Xbox One was released. When they released this new version they changed the shape and feel to be a whole lot better than the original version of the Xbox One.
The body of the console itself is 40% smaller than the original and has a small increase in the speed of the device along with improvements to the 4K Blu-Ray support. They did change the port layout on the back of the console and completely removed the Kinect port from this model. They also moved the HDMI-in (#3) port down next to the HDMI-out (#4) port where you think it would’ve been in the first place.
An important difference between the original Xbox One and Xbox One S is that if you’re using a first-generation Chromecast device with the Xbox One S, you’ll need to use a small HDMI extender to make sure that you aren’t blocking the HDMI-out port next to it. If you have a 2nd generation Chromecast device then you shouldn’t have any issues.
Xbox One X
This third model of the Xbox One was released in 2017 and is the newest model. This model still has the HDMI-in port and can still be used with Chromecast. This model is the most powerful game console that has been released to date. It has 4K game support which makes it the first game console to have it. The PS4 comes close to matching the power but doesn’t quite cut it. even though this model is more powerful than any of the previous ones, it is still even smaller than the Xbox One S that came out a year before it.
As you can see here, the port layout on the Xbox One X is very similar to the Xbox One S. you will need an HDMI extender like you do for the Xbox One S to make sure your Chromecast stick isn’t in the way of the HDMI going to your TV from the Xbox.
Connecting Your Chromecast to the Xbox One
If you know the IO layout of your device, you shouldn’t have any issues connecting your Chromecast to your Xbox One.
1. Find the HDMI port as explained above
2. It is the HDMI furthest the right on the back of your Xbox One console
3. Insert the Chromecast into the HDMI-in port
4. If you are using first and second gen Chromecast, you will need to plug your USB connector into the AC adapter that came with the device or use the USB ports on the back of your Xbox One to help power your Chromecast
5. If you are using Chromecast Ultra, you will need to have the AC power cable that came with the device
Setting Up Your Xbox One to Cast
1. Once you have the Chromecast hooked up to your Xbox, turn on your Xbox and locate the TV app on the home menu
2. A pop up should appear asking you to Watch TV on your Xbox. This is usually used to watch cable TV by letting cable boxes to send their feed through your device
3. Once the app is open, you need to choose Set up your cable or satellite box
4. Even though the Chromecast isn’t a cable box, you can get your Xbox to recognize it as a media input
5. A message should appear saying We’ve detected a signal from your cable or satellite box
6. Choose the Next button on your screen
7. There will be a few more screens of set of after this
Why Use Your Chromecast Through Your Xbox One?
The best part about using your Chromecast through your Xbox One isn’t the fact that you can stream most content through your phone to your TV. It is that you get to stream content that you couldn’t get through other Xbox apps. You can stream Google Play content, and this is the only way you can do this through your Xbox One in this way.
And, anything that you can’t do through the Chromecast, you can do through the Xbox One itself. That means that between the two you can handle any of your entertainment needs while only taking up one HDMI port on the back of your TV. This makes it to where you don’t have to change inputs on your TV.
You just have to open the app on your Xbox One. One of the coolest things about this has to be the Snap feature on your Xbox One that allows you to split your screen. You can watch your Chromecast on one side of your screen while playing a game on the other side of your screen at the same time. This right here makes it worth it. Also, if you have a Kinect you can use it to open Chromecast with voice commands.
There are several benefits to using the HDMI-in port on your Xbox One and it is one of few devices that even have this option built in. If you combine the two devices you will see that it is a great way to blend the two worlds together and allows you to truly get what you should out of your Xbox One and your Chromecast without having to take up multiple HDMI ports on your TV and without having to switch inputs or wires around every time you want to change to using your Chromecast.