Improved Experiences for the Xbox App on PC
2022 has been an unbelievable 12 months for PC gaming. We’ve got been so lucky to have companions bringing superb video games to PC Recreation Cross like A Plague Story: Requiem (on day one!), Persona 5 Royal, and rolling out the total recreation launch of Grounded. All these video games and lots of extra are within the Xbox app on PC, and I’m excited to share our ultimate replace for the Xbox app on PC because the 12 months involves a detailed.
Earlier than we get to what’s new, I need to thank everybody in our group to your continued suggestions and discussions to make the PC gaming expertise even higher. We’ll be again with extra updates and extra video games in 2023, however for now let’s recap what updates you’ll be able to see proper now!
Riot Video games Now Obtainable with Xbox Recreation Cross
As we shared earlier at the moment, unique advantages for Riot Video games are actually accessible for all Xbox Recreation Cross members. You could find Valorant, League of Legends, Teamfight Ways, and Legends of Runeterra within the Xbox app on PC. To get began, decide which recreation to obtain and play, then observe the prompts to hyperlink your Recreation Cross and Riot accounts. We’re excited members can begin taking part in Riot video games along with your Recreation Cross advantages on PC!
Delivering a Sooner and Extra Responsive App
This 12 months, we continued to enhance the efficiency and reliability of the Xbox app. With current updates, the app now launches as much as 40% quicker. We’ve got additionally made fixes to the Recreation Cross tab in order that it masses as much as 30% quicker and is extra responsive as you browse video games.
Recreation Set up and Administration Options
In February, we launched a sequence of options to make putting in PC Recreation Cross video games higher to satisfy the expectations of PC gamers. This contains options like accessing native recreation information, putting in to any listing, shifting video games between drives, simpler capability to mod video games, and verifying and repairing installs.
In June, we rolled out the PC Bootstrapper, which gives a constant and easy manner for builders to combine capabilities like Xbox companies and recreation saves, in addition to talk recreation launch standing, make sure the put in recreation is updated, and extra. This helps ship one of the best experiences for gamers.
We’re additionally dedicated to bettering the reliability of recreation downloads and installs with each replace. With the September update, we noticed participant reviews of video games that didn’t obtain or didn’t set up efficiently lowered by almost half, and we proceed to see success charges trending up month after month for gamers downloading, putting in, and launching video games. We’ve additionally added notifications when Gaming Companies updates are required in order that the app will all the time be recent for one of the best recreation play.
Making it Simpler to Uncover Nice Video games
We’ve continued to replace the app to make it simpler to find the video games you’ll love. You’ll be able to see how nicely a recreation will run in your PC earlier than you obtain it with the game performance fit indicator, and we partnered with HowLongToBeat so as to view estimates for the way lengthy it is going to take you to finish a recreation for many PC Recreation Cross video games.
We’ve additionally made updates to make it simpler to search out your subsequent recreation. Trailers, screenshots, and recreation descriptions can be found at a look proper on the high of the Recreation Particulars pages and likewise present information from builders for many video games. We modified the format of the Xbox app on PC to make it simpler to search out new video games, together with extra collections to discover, video games entrance and heart on the high of the tab, and improved accuracy of search. We additionally rolled out navigation enhancements to search out extra video games to play. All navigation is on the sidebar and the queue helps you simply observe recreation installations so you’ll be able to leap proper in and play.
Thanks from our group for an additional nice 12 months of gaming. Please maintain sharing your feedback within the Suggestions Hub, through Twitter, or the Xbox Insiders Reddit.