Xbox adds more features to handheld-style compact mode for PC app

Microsoft has rolled out new features for its handheld-style compact Xbox app on PC, which are currently being tested by Xbox Insiders.

Xbox adds more features to handheld-style compact mode for PC app
Tom West

Tom West


Last year, Microsoft launched a Compact Mode for the Xbox app on PC, which offers a better experience for players accessing the Xbox platform on smaller screens. Now, Xbox Insiders are testing new features for the handheld-style Xbox app on PC.

New Compact Mode features being tested for the Xbox app on PC

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As revealed on Xbox Wire, the Compact Mode interface is getting more features for a better experience when using the Xbox app on handheld PCs and smaller Windows-based screens. Right now the features are being tested via PC Gaming Preview Insiders, but they should roll out to all players in due time.

Much like the main PC app and on your Xbox console, the Compact Mode is getting a "Jump back in" feature, which shows the last nine games you played on your home screen so you can continue playing immediately. When you click on the game you'll be taken straight to its game hub where you can begin playing without much hassle — alternatively, right-clicking or hitting the menu button will give you an option to launch straight into the game. Improvements to the friends panel when using a controller (or handheld controls) have also been made.

While Microsoft is yet to announce an Xbox handheld, it's certainly feeling like the company is preparing for one — Phil Spencer recently spoke about handhelds. With the Xbox Games Showcase just around the corner, perhaps we'll find out if dedicated hardware is on the horizon.
Written by Tom West
Tom has been playing video games since he was old enough to hold a controller, experimenting with a number of systems until he eventually fell in love with Xbox. With a passion for the platform, he decided to make a career out of it, and now happily spends his days writing about that which he loves. If he’s not hunting for Xbox achievements, you’ll likely find him somewhere in The Elder Scrolls Online or fighting for survival in Battlefield.
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