Microsoft opening up some of the Xbox Live ecosystem to non-Windows 10 games is a pretty big deal, and while it's fairly limited right now, it's officially here in the latest build of the Xbox (beta) app.
Not a massive amount of games are supported at this time and it will take a while for the available content to fill out. Nevertheless, you can start finding and following your favorite, non-Windows 10 PC games right now.
Here's how to do it:
- Look in the sidebar for the new "Search for a game" option.
- Type your preferred title into the search box.
- If supported, you'll see it as being available on PC, as shown in the image above.
- Select the game and you'll be presented with a Game Hub as you would with Xbox One games.
- To keep up with all the future activity hit the "Follow" button on the "Info" tab.
Up to now we've seen support for this feature from Overwatch, Battlefield 4, Overwatch, Ark: Survival Evolved and Rainbow Six Siege, though there will likely be many others. It'll take some time for these to be filled out, but already we've seen some clips uploaded from the PC edition of Overwatch, and the experience is indistinguishable from someone who'd done the same on the Xbox One.
Just as it should be.
If you want to get a look in for yourselves, grab the latest version of Xbox (beta) from the Windows Store at the link below.
Download Xbox (beta) from the Windows Store (opens in new tab)
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nice. where can i see that it shows what i am playing or is that working yet?
It will show under your gamer tag and say your are playing whatever the game is.
I know Diablo III is supported too, not sure what else. Also you have a typo, Up to Know, should be now.
Overwatch and Need For Speed Most Wanted (2005) are as I looked it up this morning :D But for example, Life Is Strange or the other NFS games aren't at the moment.
It isn't really a big deal, it is just something MS has to add, cause Windows 10 games aren't relevant for the PC gaming market at all yet.
Might be handy. Does it offer any functionality that Steam does not as yet? Or is Steam still the better bet? Of course, the big problem with the MS offering is that we all know it'll be torn down at some point to make way for a complete redesign and we'll lose all our content into the bargain. That seems not to be an approach Valve is keen on, so I would rather buy my games on Steam and link them to the Xbox app for the extra features, if there are any?
GTA 5 for PC is supported there, which is completely awesome! Glad Microsoft is approving these games to be available on the Xbox app.
So non-Windows Store games then?
StarCraft 2 support?
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