What you need to know
- Microsoft recently introduced a game stories feature for its Xbox apps.
- The feature allows official brands to share content in a way similar to the "Stories" feature on other social media platforms.
- Game stories are available on the iOS and Android Xbox apps.
The Xbox app for iOS and Android has a new feature that makes it easy to check out videos and updates from gaming brands. The feature is called "game stories," and it works similarly to stories on other social media platforms, such as Facebook and Snapchat. A major difference between game stories and similar features on other platforms is that only official brands can share content through the Xbox app.
For example, the makers of a game like Halo Infinite could share a reveal trailer in a story. Devs can also share patch notes to make sure that players are up to date.
The Xbox Twitter account highlighted the new feature yesterday.
Today we're introducing official game stories in the Xbox app — because everyone deserves to see that no scope. pic.twitter.com/DcsnQgRVhVToday we're introducing official game stories in the Xbox app — because everyone deserves to see that no scope. pic.twitter.com/DcsnQgRVhV— Xbox (@Xbox) June 16, 2021June 16, 2021
Updates to the iOS and Android Xbox apps appear to have already rolled out with support for game stories. Here's the changelog from Microsoft:
- Keep up with your favourite games by checking out official game posts in a new mobile-first experience.
- Engage with the community! See what people are saying in the comments – add your own and share with friends.
- Reliability and consistency improvements
People can like, share, and comment on game stories as well, providing a way to interact even though the feature only lets official game brands post.
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Smart glass 2.0? I feel like we have been here before.
Who is in charge at Xbox anymore? Quit with the continually changing kitschy garbage and make a solid app that lets you find games, chat with friends and see your stats
This makes sense.
How about you let me search for a game and purchase DLC through the app, hell, even tell me WHAT DLC is available, directly from the Xbox app. Is that really so frigging hard?
Yet I still can’t view the marketplace through the app which is why I still prefer the older version. I don’t need bells and whistles. All I need is a full feature set that functions properly, but without the marketplace this is just another social app, and I already have Facebook for that.
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