Back in August, Microsoft finally introduced a Shopping Cart feature
for the Microsoft Store, but only for those inside the Preview Alpha – Skip Ahead, Preview Alpha, and Preview Beta rings. Over the following couple of months, the feature has been tested by players and it will finally be making its way to more Xbox One owners later this week. It will also be accompanied by another heavily requested feature: the Wish List.
Players can add items to their Shopping Cart by using the “Add to Cart” button underneath the “Buy” button on any product page. Once you've added a game, app or physical item from the Xbox One or Windows 10, you'll be able to open the cart to see its contents, and like before, players will see a Shopping Cart icon in the top corner of the Microsoft Store. Once all your required items have been added to your Cart, you can use the Checkout button to pay for all of them at once. The Cart is persistent across the Xbox One, Windows 10 and web store as long as you're signed in with the same Microsoft account.
If you need to think about one or more of your purchases, the "save for later" feature is also available. This will remove items from the cart and save them elsewhere until you're ready to purchase or delete them. If you want to remove an item from your Shopping Cart completely, all you have to do is navigate to that particular item on your Shopping Cart and choose “Remove”. All Xbox Insiders can try out the Shopping Cart from today, and it will arrive for Windows Insiders later this week. The feature will arrive for all players "in a few weeks".
The Shopping Cart will be accompanied by the new Wish List feature, which will also work with all physical items and digital games/apps from the Xbox One or Windows 10 Store. The Wish List button also appears underneath the Buy button on any product page. Once items have been added to your Wish List, you can view them via the "Wish List" option in the pull-down menu at the top of the Store. If you want to remove an item without purchasing it, you can do so using the "Remove" button next to the item in your Wish List. Like the Cart, the Wish List is persistent across the Xbox One, Windows 10 and web store as long as you're signed in with the same Microsoft account.
The Wish List supports "sale pricing and badging", so players will be able to see when an item on the Wish List goes on sale. It's also possible to make your Wish List private or public, and to share it with others, making it a perfect way to set up a gift list for birthdays or other special occasions. You can only share the list if it is public. If you wish to do this you first need to open the Settings link in the Wish List, select the “Make the wish list public” option, and then click on the Share button.
The Wish List is available to "all customers in all supported markets using the Microsoft Store on Windows 10 PCs and online", as well as Xbox Insiders. Like the Shopping Cart, though, the feature won't arrive for all Xbox players for another "few weeks".