Playing Xbox games just got a little better on PC

By Oscar Dayus,
Microsoft continues to push PC gaming alongside its traditional Xbox hardware business, and now it's done so once again with a slate of new features announced to be on the way to the Xbox Game Bar app.

In summary, Microsoft has opened up Game Bar to third-party developers. This means other companies can now add widgets directly to your Game Bar overlay, should you wish, and you'll no longer need to tab out to other apps or windows. The first such apps listed by Microsoft are XSplit Gamecaster and Razer Cortex, while the "key features" from Intel's Graphics Command Center will also arrive in similar fashion later this spring.

Xbox Game Bar

These apps and more will be made available in the Game Bar Widget Store. Xbox Insiders can access the new feature right away; otherwise, you'll be able to give it a go "in the near future" - just press the Windows key and G to get to your available widgets.

Widgets like these have been available since the new Game Bar launched last year, but until now they had been restricted to official, Microsoft-made or -approved apps. This move opens the floor up to other developers and companies and will hopefully usher in an era of accessibility and ease of use reminiscent of Apple's "there's an app for that" revolution when iOS went down a similar path in the 2010s.

Another Xbox Insiders update was released just recently, bringing a bunch of UI improvements to Xbox One users. Hit the link to read more about those welcome changes.
Written by Oscar Dayus
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