Microsoft’s Xbox app transcends their SmartGlass app and brings together your gaming and media experiences across all devices. Whether you have a Windows 10 gaming PC, Xbox One, or Xbox 360, if you have a business on Microsoft’s Xbox Live service, the app has something for you. Until now, however, the full Xbox app has only been available as a Universal app, or Metro UI, for Windows 10. As of Monday, the app is available on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. Overall, the app looks and works pretty much the same as the Windows 10 app, with some minor UI tweaks to make it work better on mobile platforms.
The app contains all of the features of the SmartGlass beta apps that are circulating on the Play Store, as well as additional system control and social features that make the app your all-in-one gaming hub for platforms. – Microsoft forms. Users can view their friends’ achievements and broadcasts through Twitch on Xbox Live, chat with those same friends, share stored game clips and updates, and even purchase Xbox games from the Microsoft store. The application also allows users to view interactive game content and interface with applications associated with certain games. With an Xbox One seated, the app allows users to use their phones to control the console’s keyboard and touch controls, as well as to control media playback. Facebook integration and contact importation are also on board, but game streaming of any kind is notably absent. Xbox 360 users, unfortunately, do not have the control features that their Xbox One owner counterparts enjoy.
The app is currently available in the Play Store, but you’ll need a Microsoft account to sign in. If you don’t have one, click the “Connect” button to access a screen where you can press “Create one!” to sign up and get an Xbox Live Gamertag. If you have a Windows 10 or Windows 8 PC that you created an account for, but not an Xbox Live Gamertag, you can use your current Microsoft account and create a Gamertag to link it to. The app requires an Xbox One to sign in for some features, but features centered around your Xbox Live account, such as interacting with friends, will work fine without it.
The Xbox Smartglass app has been available on Android for some time, allowing users to control Xbox media functions, such as play, pause, and menu navigation, directly through the app. Today, at Microsoft’s E3 press conference, the application receives a big update, being renamed “Xbox” and with functionality comparable to the equivalent on Windows 10. With the application you can use Xbox Live, buy games, or watch games. content shared by other users, making it the ultimate Microsoft-made box companion installed near your TV.
Home updated – Activity feed is the home of the Xbox app
Adding Trending Content – Find out what’s popular on Xbox Live
Facebook Friends Finder – Add your Facebook friends who are also on Xbox
Finding friends from the contact list – Use your phone’s contact list to add friends to Xbox Live
Real name sharing – Be able to share your real name with your friends
Game Hubs – Game Hubs now added to the Xbox app
Updated Profiles – Redesigned User Profiles in the Xbox app
The functionality of the update banner is primarily for Xbox Live, Microsoft’s online gaming network. The app will now allow users to see what their friends are up to, discover trends on the network, find friends using Facebook or contact lists on your phone, the ability to share your real name with friends ( rather than a username), an updated profile design, and the addition of Game Hubs. The design language of the app looks like a fusion of Windows 10 design and Android hardware. It works well though, allowing for quick and easy menu navigation to see what others are playing or watching. This is the sort of thing Microsoft has to do if it is to catch up with Sony and the PlayStation 4, as well as the cute new Xbox One S.
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Cortana will be available on Xbox One, bringing natural language voice commands to both Kinect and headsets. The game collection has been totally revamped and Microsoft has given us better control over the Xbox One activity stream.
Xbox gamers aren’t the only ones with new features to look forward to! The Xbox app and its Windows 10 integration also have a ton of updates on the horizon.
From Xbox Wire:
“Starting this summer, Xbox One and the Xbox app will receive the first of two updates that will help you stay connected with your friends on Xbox Live and enjoy even more games on your favorite devices. Cortana is coming on Xbox One; Xbox and Windows Stores will begin to unify; we’ll begin bringing your best PC games with Game Hubs to Xbox Live, and more. These updates are crucial to providing our fans around the world with exceptional gaming experience, wherever they play and whatever they play.”
While Xbox One features are rolling out this week in preview, Windows 10 updates will arrive over the next few weeks in the Xbox Beta app for Windows 10. Download the Xbox Windows 10 beta app here if you don’t haven’t already done so.
Here’s what you can expect for Windows 10 updates so far, as Microsoft plans to merge the Windows 10 Insider Program with the Xbox Preview Program after the next Anniversary Update.
Upload edited GameDVR clips to Xbox Live Community
You’ll be able to take clips you’ve recorded using your Xbox One or Windows 10 Game Bar, edit them using any video editing suite, then upload them back to your stream. activity on Xbox Live. Content creators rejoice!
Additionally, GameDVR has now moved to the profile section of the app, allowing you to manage your showcase, captures, uploads, and downloads all in one place.
Record PC game clips in 60 frames per second
Here’s something I’m jealous of as an Xbox One gamer. PC gamers will now be able to use a new “Very High” video quality setting in the Windows 10 Game Bar to record clips at 60 frames per second. 30fps will still be available for less powerful hardware as well.
Use Game Bar in More Fullscreen PC Games
When games run in full-screen exclusive mode, they often lose access to the Windows 10 Game Bar, which is used to create clips and capture footage. Microsoft has added several popular Win32 games to include Game Bar when running in fullscreen. So far these include League of Legends, World of Warcraft, DOTA 2, Battlefield 4, Counterstrike: Global Offensive, and Diablo III.
Reminder: To access Game Bar in Windows 10, press Windows key + G.
For more information on using the Game Bar and DVR on Windows 10, I’ve written a helpful how-to guide here.
Major PC games integrate with the Xbox platform
Microsoft is creating a database for the “best” PC games on Xbox, which means they’ll have their own game hubs in the Xbox app and on the Xbox One itself. This means that you will be able to follow games, receive updates directly from developers, and view news and content related to that game all in one place.
What’s more, it also means you’ll be able to share gameplay clips and screenshots directly to Xbox Live, and gamers – regardless of platform – will be able to view, like, comment on and share those clips with the rest. from the community. You’ll also be able to see what games your friends are playing, whether it’s Halo 5 on Xbox or World of Warcraft on PC, all from the friends list.
Windows 10 Store and Xbox Stores integrate
Although there is no information as to when it will happen, Microsoft is set to bring UWP apps to the Xbox One. As a result, Windows 10 and Xbox stores are converging.
As previously reported, the Windows 10 Store will have the ability to see DLCs, Virtual Currency, Season Passes, and other items needed for a legitimate PC game store, with more improvements on the way.
Activity feed improvements
Like on the Xbox One, you’ll be able to customize what’s automatically shared with the activity feed. Currently, Achievements and Game Clips are automatically shared for everyone to see, but if you prefer your followers to see only the best of what you have to offer, you can now disable the automatic sharing of the two functionalities.
Additionally, the activity feed submission feature has been improved, making it easier for you to search through recent clips, screenshots, and achievements to share with your friends and followers.
Share from Xbox app to Twitter
Similar to the features found on Xbox One, you will now be able to share your clips and screenshots directly to Twitter from the share button in the Windows 10 app.
just the beginning
This is just the start of Microsoft’s planned updates for Xbox integration with Windows 10. Microsoft plans to release a second wave of updates to the Xbox One Preview Program and Xbox Beta app later this been, which might contain heavy features from the company. I want to keep the announcements at E3 a secret. As noted during the build, the Windows 10 Insider Program will also merge with the Xbox Preview Program, to “streamline” the feedback process and speed up future updates.
For more on what the wave of summer updates has in store for Xbox One itself, check out the link below:
Here’s everything you need to know about the latest Xbox One Preview Program update
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