The Xbox app for Windows 10 is the tip of the spear as Microsoft tries to re-engage PC gamers. As the primary client for Xbox Game Pass for PC, the Xbox app for Windows 10 also sports nifty voice chat functions, a cross-platform friends list, and a PC gaming store vastly superior to the default Microsoft Store client.
As part of Microsoft's Gamescom 2019 festivities, the company announced a wealth of new features hitting the Xbox app both now, and in the near future.
So, what's new? Turns out, it's quite a lot.
- Connect social accounts: Microsoft is going to allow Xbox app users to connect several additional accounts to the system, including YouTube, Twitter, Twitch, Discord, Reddit, Facebook, and Steam. Friends that also connect their social platforms will be able to quickly and easily find other friends that also have Xbox Live gamertags.
- New filtering options: Microsoft noted that users want improvements to the way you can search through games in the app, which should make managing your favorite games and their DLC packages easier.
- Download management: When you select a drive for game installs, the Xbox app will now show how much disk space is required.
- Game Pass for PC on mobile: You will be able to take your Xbox Game Pass for PC experience on mobile (Xbox Game Pass for PC for Mobile?) allowing you to find PC titles from within the Xbox Game Pass app on Android and iOS.
In addition to the new features, Microsoft announced a range of new titles heading to Xbox Game Pass for PC (opens in new tab), including Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Blair Witch, Age of Empires Definitive Edition, and later, Stellaris too.
Related: List of games for Xbox Game Pass for PC
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Jez Corden is a Senior Editor for Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!
I tried this Xbox app today only.......its smooth in browsing the app but just needs some nice animations, fluent design and stuff.......the ms store app is really slow in browsing and it takes 5 seconds or so to load a page
Hopefully this also means Steam, Discord, etc. will be able to offer plugins to game bar so you can have a single overlay available regardless of which network you're using.
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