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This is Microsoft's new Xbox app for PC gamers on Windows 10

Microsoft is building a brand new Xbox app from the ground up for Windows 10 PCs that features the ability to download and install PC games that are part of Xbox Game Pass. The app is a Win32 program that's been rebuilt from the ground up with social and game discovery in mind.

Codenamed Garrison, the app has leaked in beta form before a public announcement likely taking place at E3. The initial beta showcases Xbox Game Pass, the ability to download and install Game Pass games available on PC directly from within the new Xbox app, and social features allowing you to chat with Xbox friends via text or voice. It does appear the app is electron, meaning its performance is rather slow and is a frequent memory hog.

It appears Microsoft is planning to replace the old UWP Xbox app with this new Win32 one. It's very pretty, featuring Fluent Design acrylic effects and borderless design. The app is listed in the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab) but it's showing as not available yet. So for now, we've embedded screenshots to showcase it in all its glory.

Update: 6/10/19: The app in the Microsoft Store is now available to download

Are you interested in trying out the new Xbox app? Let us know in the comments.

Zac Bowden
Senior Editor

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

51 Comments
  • I'm confused... Why replace a UWP with a win32 app that will be slower and unable to include UWP apps?
  • People saying it's electron. Which makes sense for cross platform.
  • It can obviously include UWP apps from the screenshot. Win32 apps can already launch UWP ones, and Win32 apps are definitely faster than UWP ones. Less buggy too, crashes happen way less. UWP is just bad overall. I've downloaded the new one, it's sooo much smoother. It's also nice to be able to click on my friends list and it not go "We are unable to show your friends at the moment. Try refreshing the app." 90% of the time.
  • That's very misinformed. Electron is noticeably heavier and less efficient than a decent native UWA. They likely went this direction in order to go cross platform (i.e., bring this app to older versions of Windows) rather than restricting it to just Windows 10 with a faster UWP. This win32 application can and will likely incorporate UWP tools for better integration on Windows 10. That said, the old Xbox app was absolutely atrocious, but that wasn't the fault of UWP. It was trying to do everything and more, and that dragged it down as a whole. Both the design and performance suffered. This new app appears to be much more streamlined in terms of features, but the duplication of social features is surprising.
  • "and Win32 apps are definitely faster than UWP ones. Less buggy too, crashes happen way less. UWP is just bad overall" ... that's totally misleading, you're just bull s***tting on UWP
  • You must have a very special unique computer for an app that eats 500MB to 1GB of RAM and 100% of a CPU core just to handle its UI to be more efficient than one that used 100MB of RAM and had a DirectX-accelerated UI...
  • Yeah your definitely confused alright cuz uwp apps are infinitely slower than win32 programs. Most people refuse to use uwp apps because of how slow they are I have a top of the line pc I buikt 2 weeks ago I can run any game out now on the highest setting across the board with no issue at all but opening uwp Netflix of mail takes ages. I don't download anything from win store because of that.
  • Something is very wrong with your PC or internet connection then, because I can assure you the Netflix app (and all the others) open very swiftly on my high end desktop, my mid range but really old laptop, and my old Toshiba atom based tablet and even my Lumia 950XL. Lol, your new build desktop is slower at opening apps than my atom tablet and Windows phone. Definitely a problem there, time to check your new build very carefully.
  • My Lumia 950 running a hacked full 64bit Windows on ARM doesn't have issues opening a UWP.
  • No one can take you seriously with your ridiculous blanket statement. You have a crappy PC if it takes you that long to open apps.
  • Or he installed something that broke his PC.
    Ever heard of Steam VR slowing down Windows Mixed Reality Portal?
  • Yeah probably something up with your pc. I use UWP apps like mail and Netflix all the time with no issues
  • Microsoft has recently started that they are moving away from UWP apps, so it makes sense that they would start to migrate their own apps. Plus, since this is an electron app it can be easily transferred to other platforms (Mac, Windows 7, Linux). I can imagine a lot of Xbox users might want to chat with their friends from their MacBook.
  • They're not "moving away" from it, it's changing over time as they've discussed. Everyone takes it as a negative.
  • Electron can run inside a UWP wrapper and use UWP features.
  • Because UWP is dead.