Xbox Windows 10 app re-branded to 'Xbox Console Companion'

Microsoft has been putting a lot of resources into dialing up the quality of its Windows 10 PC offering for gamers, first launching a powerful re-imagining of the Windows 10 Xbox Game Bar, incorporating new design language, new features like Spotify integration, all with far superior speed than the current Xbox app.

The new Xbox Game Bar.

The new Xbox Game Bar.

That begs the question, what will actually happen to the existing Xbox Windows 10 app? Well, now we have our answer.

Microsoft is rebranding the Windows 10 Xbox app to "Xbox Console Companion," and it'll become slimmed down, primarily used for settings. There are no actual changes to the Xbox app right now, beyond a new logo and new splash screen. But a message on the app gives us an idea about what to expect moving forward. The social features like party chat, messaging, and beyond, will likely live in the Windows 10 Xbox Game Bar, accessible via Windows Key + G, as Microsoft slims down the new Console Companion app to improve its speed and usability.

Pardon our dust. This app is being renamed to Xbox Console Companion to be a dedicated app for your Xbox console's features and settings. A new desktop experience is coming soon!

The Console Companion will likely become the place you access Project xCloud streaming on PC, and local Xbox to PC streaming that users enjoy today. We expect Microsoft will talk more about its plans for Windows 10 and Xbox integrations and overlapping systems at E3 2019 this year, where Microsoft is set to broadcast a large press conference about all things Xbox and PC gaming this Sunday, June 9th.

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  • I doubt the Console Companion will be where you access xCloud, xCloud is not an extension of your console, it's its own thing. I guess there will be four apps: Xbox Game Bar
    Xbox Console Companion
    Xbox Garrison
    Xbox xCloud Perhaps xCloud will be a part of Garrison. I hope the Console Companion retains the Captures features, or better yet, they finally integrate your captures with OneDrive and the Photos app.
  • Yes! I wish they would auto upload your captures to OneDrive, as an option at least. I am constantly running out of "XBL Storage". I seem to remember that this was a thing at launch, in 2013.
  • I can't quite remember, but I seem to remember my OneDrive getting clogged up with clips at one point. You might still be able to set it to auto-upload, I'm not sure. I know you can't bulk upload to OneDrive in the Captures app, which is annoying. About a year ago, there were images of an Xbox Live folder accessible in the Windows 10 Photos app - not sure what happened to that.
  • on pc if you set Onedrive as your default file storage it automatically gets uploaded there
  • Yikes. That's too many apps.
  • This is expected and welcome news. I'm glad Microsoft is putting real effort into consolidating and improving their gaming services across Xbox and PC.
  • All I want is for my Xbox Games Library to be in a tab or displayed somewhere in the app, I just get currently installed games, I appreciate that, but I want to also see all my purchased games from the OG Xbox straight up the the One.
  • What they need to do is enable mouse and keyboard support for streaming your Xbox One dashboard to your PC. I almost never do it because it's too much of a nuisance to change input methods just to use it.
  • Yeah, this would be great.
  • Another month, another Microsoft name change. They better not take away my streaming, I've been using that a lot in the past few months and it's actually been working well for me.
  • They should duplicate some features from the game bar in the app, you might want to use some of those while not in a game, like chat or captures.
    I know you can call the game bar out of a game, but that s only a full screen experience, not persistent on screen.
    Other features haven't made it (yet ?) to the game bar, like achievements