What you need to know
- The Game Bar allows you to access a number of useful features when gaming on Windows 10.
- It was missing an Xbox Achievements overlay and frame rate counter beforehand.
- An update landed today for select users which gives them both tools.
- You can update the Game Bar through the Microsoft Store.
Updated October 22, 2019: The frame rate counter and overlay are rolling out to everyone now.
Ever since Microsoft debuted the Game Bar for Windows 10, gamers have been asking for a way to track your Xbox Achievements and view the frame rate of the game you're playing. While these features have been hinted at in the past, it looks like they're finally here on a Friday night for select users. Xbox's Mike Ybarra just announced on Twitter that you can now see an overlay of your achievements and measure the frame rate through the Game Bar. You can read the tweet below.
Updated Xbox Game Bar via Win10 Store and .... pic.twitter.com/25kf5YavwHUpdated Xbox Game Bar via Win10 Store and .... pic.twitter.com/25kf5YavwH— Mike Ybarra (@Qwik) September 20, 2019September 20, 2019
In order to gain these new features, you'll have to update the Game Bar through the Microsoft Store on Windows 10. It's a relatively small download so it'll go by fast. We've been using it on a few games and it works rather well. The achievement overlay is also quite useful if you're an achievement hunter, but we haven't really tested that out extensively. Keep in mind that these this Game Bar update may be limited to certain regions for now or certain rings of the Windows Insider Program.
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