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.
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.
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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Jez Corden a Managing Editor at 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!