Gamers have had a few weeks to get acclimated to Windows 10 gaming, including the much hyped crossplay between Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. Not taking any time to sit and rest on their achievements so far, the Microsoft team has today updated the Xbox app on Windows 10 to enhance your gaming experience. Let's take a look at what's new:
- Chiefly among the changes is the ability to now stream your games from Xbox One to W10 in an even higher picture quality -- 1080p and the often elusive 60fps. It goes without saying (so allow me to say it) that this feature will work best with network bandwidths that can handle this sort of high end performance. To get your W10 stream running at peak performance, follow these steps: In the Xbox app on Windows 10, go to Settings > Game Streaming and set the video encoding level to Very High.
- Right-clicking on one of your friends from your list now allows you to select Send Message or Invite to Party to more quickly connect with your friends.
- Starting today, you can enable or disable notifications for when you are invited to a party or a multiplayer game via Settings > General > Party & Games Invitations.
- A redesigned Recently Played section now alternately shows you games your friends have been playing and who among them has played it most recently. A second tile will also reveal when you last played it, and Gamerscore and Achievement completion percentages for the highlighted game. Clicking on the game's tile will take you to its Hub just like you already can do on Xbox One.
- Something this community will especially enjoy is the new option to compare achievements. You can now compare your achievement status with one of your friends who has played the game. From a Game Hub page, select Achievements > Compare at the top right above the list of all of the achievements.
- The My Games list has been redesigned somewhat to invite easier browsing. Now games are listed in a grid alphabetically and clicking on a letter collapses the list to just games of that letter, which will surely help out those with massive libraries. The list of games that has automatically been discovered has been updated too.
- If some of your games still haven't been found automatically, you can now add them manually from your start menu by selecting My Games > Add a game from your PC.
Among these major additions come a few smaller fixes too, like sign-in, localization and game streaming reported by a "subset of Windows 10 users." The Xbox app on Windows 10 should automatically update to the new version when it becomes available in the Windows Store. Once you receive the update, your version number should be 8.8.15003.00000 or higher. You can verify the version number of the Xbox app on Windows 10 under Settings > General later today.