Today, we’re pleased to announce the next wave of updates for the Xbox app on Windows 10 rolling out today. In addition, just as we’ve done on Xbox One, we’re releasing a new Xbox Beta app on Windows 10 later this month to offer a preview of coming updates before they become available. Let’s dive in.
Xbox App on Windows 10 September Updates
Here’s a closer look of what’s rolling out today in the September release of the Xbox app on Windows 10:
- Real-time Friends list presence. Your Friends list will automatically refresh with your friends’ on/offline status and the apps and games in which they’re currently engaged – including whether the game they’re playing can be joined via multiplayer or party.
- Real-time Activity Feed updates. No need to hit refresh to see new Activity Feed items; keep the Xbox app open and your Activity Feed will let you know when there are new items to view, comment on, like, or re-share.
- Game progress comparison. Feeling competitive? Discover how you stack up against your friends on specific game progress by visiting the Achievements section of your profile and selecting ‘Compare.’ You’ll enjoy a side-by-side comparison of your selected friends’ progress on games you’ve recently played, including game completion percentage, Gamerscore and Achievements earned.
- Console text entry. We’re also bringing one of the most requested features from Xbox Feedback to the Xbox app on Windows 10 – the ability to use the Xbox app for text input on Xbox One. You will now be able to use the Xbox app and other inputs compatible with Windows devices – keyboards, touch keypads, and the like – to enter text in search boxes and more on Xbox One.
Introducing the new Xbox Beta app
We’ve embraced fan feedback for Xbox One updates via the Xbox One Preview Program, and similarly we’re excited to introduce the Xbox Beta app, available later this month. The Xbox Beta app program gives fans an opportunity to provide early input on features and enhancements coming to the Xbox app on Windows 10, helping us shape the product based on fan feedback. To enroll later this month, visit the Windows Store to download and install the ‘Xbox Beta’ app.
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