Can You Play Jackbox on Roku

I decided to consolidate all of my streaming services into one location, so I purchased a Roku TV. The Roku interface was another one of my favourites.

We decided to get together with some friends over the weekend, and while we were there, we decided to play some party games.

I instantly started to get everything set up since I am the gaming and tech man in the group. However, while I was doing so, I came to the realisation that Jackbox Games is not accessible on the ‘Roku Channel Store’ (Channels refer to apps on Roku devices).

Because I didn’t want to let the other people down, I did some research on the internet.

I had to do a lot of brain scratching and go through a lot of articles, help instructions, and user forums before I was finally able to get what I need.

Although it is possible to play Jackbox Games on Roku, the process of setting it up may be quite complicated and may need the use of additional hardware.

Since Roku does not currently have Jackbox listed in their App store, you will need a streaming device or a game console that is compatible with Jackbox Games in order to have Jackbox running straight on your TV and use it with your Roku streaming player.

There are also a number of publications that state it is possible to play games on your Roku TV by utilising an Android emulator, however this is just not the case.

Screen mirroring, on the other hand, is something that can be done from an Android smartphone or tablet. I have included in-depth information on what operating systems are compatible with Jackbox Games as well as instructions on how to make them operational.

What is Jackbox Games?

Can You Play Jackbox on Roku

Jackbox Games is a company that specialises in the development and publication of party games. Telltale Publishing is also a publisher of Jackbox Games.

The games are all rated T for Teen or below, and the majority of them also have a mode that is suitable for families. The primary audience for these games is homes and group situations.

The current lineup of games such as “You Don’t Know Jack” (A party trivia game that has some diabolical questions and even more diabolic gameplay to keep you and your friends on your toes), “Split The Room” (Answer some of the most insane “What if” questions and split the room with your answer), and “Tee K.O.” (A deadly fighting tournament won not with fists, but with T-shirts) included in “The Jackbox Party

Is Jackbox Games Available on Roku?

The short response to this question is “no.” On a Roku TV, there are, however, a couple methods to get around this limitation, which I will describe in more detail below.

It is not yet possible to play directly on Roku devices; however, this may change in the future if Roku decides to include Jackbox Games into their “Channel Store.”

What Platforms Are Jackbox Games Available On?

Jackbox Games are playable on an overwhelming number of different electronic gadgets, gaming consoles, and computer operating systems.

Jackbox Games are compatible with the operating systems of personal computers (PC), Apple computers (Mac), and Linux, and they may be bought for and played on the following consoles and devices:

Online Stores

Supported Consoles

  • Sony PS5 (Supported through backwards compatibility with PS4)
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  • Sony PS3 (Only certain games including Party Pack 1 and Party Pack 2)
  • Xbox Series S
  • Xbox Series X
  • Xbox One
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Nintendo Switch Lite

Supported Devices

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  • Apple TV
  • Apple iPad Pro
  • Amazon Fire Stick 4K
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Before buying a game or party pack, please make sure that your device is compatible with at least some of the games since it is possible that some of the games will not work on all of the devices that have been stated.

You may confirm this by going to the Jackbox website, picking any game, and scrolling down to the section that lists compatible devices.

Using a Chromecast To Cast the Game on Your Roku TV

Your Jackbox Games may be played on your Roku TV in one of the simplest and most cost-effective methods possible by following these instructions.

Roku TVs, like all other contemporary televisions, include HDMI ports on the back that can be used to show content from external devices. This means that you can use Roku with a television that is not a smart TV without having to sacrifice an HDMI port.

If you have a Chromecast, all you need to do is connect it to the Roku TV using an HDMI cable and the port that is designated for HDMI connections.

If necessary, you will need to use the remote control that came with your Roku to switch the source that is being shown on your display.

Playing Jackbox Games on a larger screen is now possible by streaming the games from your personal computer, laptop, or any other device that is supported.

Using a Fire Stick or Apple TV To Play on Your Roku TV

In contrast to the Chromecast approach described above, if you own an Amazon Firestick or an Apple TV, you only need to insert it into the HDMI port located on the rear of your Roku TV, and you will be ready to go.

Because both the Firestick and the Apple TV come with their own app stores, all you need to do is go to the Amazon or Apple app store, choose a game from the list of compatible Jackbox Games, and then easily install it on your device.

To play the game, you will, however, need another mobile device, such as a phone or tablet.

Using a Console to Play on Your Roku TV

If you already have a gaming console of the current or previous generation with you, then you may skip everything else and simply utilise your console instead of having to use any of the other options.

You may then download the game from the Playstation, Xbox, or Nintendo games store once you have connected it to your Roku TV via HDMI.

You will have additional choices while playing these games rather than when using a streaming device since they will also support controllers and keyboards (only on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One).

As the above list indicates, you can play Jackbox games on any major gaming system currently on the market.

However, the Nintendo Switch Lite cannot be linked to an external monitor, therefore you will not be able to use this approach with that console.

Install an Android Emulator

Now, there is a tip to play Jackbox Games on Roku TV that I have found on practically every post while doing my own research for this article. All you need to do is follow these instructions.

After devoting a significant amount of time to researching the topic on the internet, I can say with absolute certainty that this is not even remotely possible. Unlike Android, Roku is a closed-source platform, and it would require a significant amount of technical expertise to actually emulate or even install Android over the already present Roku operating system.

If you want to play Jackbox games on your Roku, the methods that have been outlined here are, to the best of my knowledge, the simplest and most secure ways to do it.

However, you may screen mirror your Android device to your television in order to broadcast the games straight to your television.

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Final Thoughts 

To summarise, if you already own a streaming device or a gaming console that is compatible with Jackbox Games, you should be good to go in terms of getting started with gameplay on your Roku TV.

If you are an Android or iOS user, you may utilise screen mirroring or cast to a streaming device from your phone or tablet in order to see the game on your television. This option is also available to users of other mobile operating systems.

If you do not already own any of the devices described above and you are looking to purchase a device, then purchasing a Chromecast or another streaming device that is comparable to it would be the most cost-effective choice for you.

However, if you are interested in having a gaming experience that is more adaptable to your needs, then you might consider purchasing a gaming console such as the Xbox or the PS5.

Bryan V. Root
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