Microsoft is planning to roll out an update for the Xbox app for Windows 10 users later today. The September update will include a number of new features and improvements. Microsoft will also launch an Xbox Beta app for Windows 10 later in September.
Here's a list of what's new and improved in the Xbox app update for September:
- Real-time Friends list presence. Your Friends list will automatically refresh with your friends' on/offline status and the apps and games in which they're currently engaged – including whether the game they're playing can be joined via multiplayer or party.
- Real-time Activity Feed updates. No need to hit refresh to see new Activity Feed items; keep the Xbox app open and your Activity Feed will let you know when there are new items to view, comment on, like, or re-share.
- Game progress comparison. Feeling competitive? Discover how you stack up against your friends on specific game progress by visiting the Achievements section of your profile and selecting 'Compare.' You'll enjoy a side-by-side comparison of your selected friends' progress on games you've recently played, including game completion percentage, Gamerscore and Achievements earned.
- Console text entry. We're also bringing one of the most requested features from Xbox Feedback to the Xbox app on Windows 10 – the ability to use the Xbox app for text input on Xbox One. You will now be able to use the Xbox app and other inputs compatible with Windows devices – keyboards, touch keypads, and the like – to enter text in search boxes and more on Xbox One.
The Xbox Beta app will apparently be available for all Windows 10 users in the Windows Store, without the need to sign up for a Preview program. Microsoft says:
"The Xbox Beta app program gives fans an opportunity to provide early input on features and enhancements coming to the Xbox app on Windows 10, helping us shape the product based on fan feedback. To enroll later this month, visit the Windows Store to download and install the 'Xbox Beta' app."
Source: Xbox Wire