Microsoft is rolling out a new version of the Xbox app for Windows 10 and 11, enabling advanced install features that rolled out a few months ago by default. The features were already available to try out before, but now they’ll be enabled by default so you can install games to your favorite folder without having to jump through any hoops.
Being able to choose where games are installed and see their files is important, as it also allows you to potentially modify game files. Mods are important to many in the PC gaming community, so it’s great to see . However, although the feature is enabled by default, you will still need to be part of the preview program to be able to use it.
To join the preview, you must download the Xbox Insider Hub app from the Microsoft Store. Once in the app, go to Previews on the side, then choose the Windows Gaming program. Once registered, you will begin receiving preview updates for the Xbox and Xbox Game Bar apps. Next, install the latest Xbox app update – version 2201.1000.38.0 – and you can choose a folder to install your PC games using the Xbox app.
One thing to note is that you don’t choose the location of each game when you install it. You’ll need to head into the Xbox app settings to choose the default installation folder, and all new games will install there from there. You can, however, move them to another folder afterwards.
In addition to enabling this feature by default, some fixes are included in this update. Many of them are related to this new feature, which is probably why Microsoft is comfortable enabling it by default now. There are also some crushed accessibility issues and more:
Fixes in Xbox app build 2201.1000.38.0
- Fixed compatibility issues with Gears 5 and Slay the Spire.
- Fixed an issue where enabling advanced install features for a game would cause an access denied error.
- Addressed various accessibility issues.
- Fixed an issue that prevented changing the game folder.
- Deleting the game folder no longer causes an issue where drives are not recognized in the Xbox app.
- Fixed an issue that caused game updates to reinstall the full game.
The app also has some known issues in this version of the app, including some games that don’t fully support the new feature, such as Back 4 Blood and Phantasy Star Online 2. You can find the full list of issues below :
Known issues in Xbox app build 2201.1000.38.0
- Moving a game from one drive to another indicates a “download” in the install queue, but the game is actually being moved, not reinstalled.
- You may experience problems launching games installed on an external drive.
- You may see an “invalid executable” error when launching certain games after initially installing them. Try restarting your PC to fix this problem.
- Some games indicate that an update is available but selecting the update button does nothing.
- Starting a game update can take a long time. This includes updates that add content to an existing install, such as a campaign mode.
- Attempting to encrypt the game’s installation folder from the Windows shell may cause compatibility issues.
- Mods for a version of a game on another platform may not work on the Xbox PC Game Pass version.
- The following games are not yet compatible:
- Back 4 Blood
- Cricket 19
- Star Fantasy Online 2
- State of Decay 2
- Games offering pre-installation
- Note that game files for these games will not appear in the game’s install folder. The Xbox app does not currently show this, but will in a future update. If games outside of this list are not showing up in the game’s install folder, they’re probably backlogged as well.
If you’re already part of the Xbox Insider Program, you should be able to try out the new features right away. Hopefully, we’ll see mod support ramp up in the games available on the Xbox app.