Microsoft Store has divided Windows 10 users, and both sides have good arguments for or against. However, even if you avoid Windows Store apps like a plague, some apps are irreplaceable for different niches. One of them is the Xbox app which is basically there to enhance the overall Xbox experience and unite two Microsoft powered platforms.
Today we are going to talk a bit about the Xbox app for Windows 10, its usability and its design. Of course, we can’t ignore the way to remove it if you’re not really into games or have nothing in common with Xbox consoles. Something for everyone, so check it out below.
Why Xbox App is here on Windows 10 and why is/isn’t useful
1. Features and overall usability
Let’s just break it down for you. The cross-platform system offered by Microsoft makes this application very useful for the Xbox gaming community. For this reason, it is essentially a port of the Xbox interface. It’s arguably one of the most useful apps available on the Microsoft App Store, and that’s not an add-on statement.
The focus is on interacting with other players, tracking stats, and keeping news similar to Steam, Origin, or Battle.net. However, aside from being the main gamer hub, there aren’t as many very important features that you can use with Xbox for Windows 10.
It’s basically like a specialized social network for gamers around the world, with forum-like clubs that you can join or create yourself. You can link your Twitter and Facebook accounts to the Xbox app, to find friends who also play games on Microsoft platforms. You follow people and gather followers, basically. The community is quite respectable, but we can’t be sure how many community members use the Xbox app for Windows 10 to join clubs and interact with other gamers.
There is also a games library with all your games. Additionally, you can track your progress in the game, compare stats with other players, and get various achievements. Again, just like a Steam and similar desktop clients.
Design-wise, the Xbox app offers a mediocre user-friendly experience, and we’re sure everything would be much better if the interface wasn’t so cluttered with various game advertisements. Nonetheless, it does a pretty good job. The most distinctive feature that might be worth it is cross-platform streaming from Xbox One to Windows 10 PC. There are plenty of similar solutions that will allow you to do this, but it’s a great asset nonetheless.
2. How to use it
Thanks to Microsoft’s forced diligence, you’ll find the Xbox app right after you install Windows 10. You should find it in the Start menu along with all the other preinstalled apps. It will use your Microsoft account to sign in automatically, but, of course, you can select another account linked to Xbox Live.
Once logged in, you can immediately begin customizing the profile. You can change your avatar, gamertag and interface color. Everything is so similar to the Xbox One control panel that players should be able to easily navigate through the different categories.
Here are the options you can access from the main left pane:
- My games – Game library which includes all supported games.
- Achievements – Your current stats, achievements and progress.
- Game DVRs – Screenshots and in-game recordings.
- clubs – Community where you can interact with like-minded players.
- Tendency – Curated news from the game world and interesting community content.
- Microsoft Store – The shortcut to Microsoft Store > Games.
- Look for
- Link – This is where you can connect Xbox One to Windows 10 PC.
3. How to take it off if you’re not really into it
Even though there are a lot of positive reviews, many users are still annoyed that Microsoft assumed the Xbox app should be pre-installed. Not everyone plays games, combined with other dull built-in apps with even less importance, can drive you crazy.
To make matters worse, Windows 10 won’t let you uninstall the Xbox app from the system the usual way. We understand the politics of product placement, but sometimes (most of the time) you need to give the user the option to choose.
Luckily, there is a workaround that lets you completely remove the Xbox app from your Windows 10. Here’s how:
- Right-click on the Start button and open PowerShell (administrator).
- In the command line, copy and paste the following command and press Enter:
- Once the process is complete, quit PowerShell and restart your PC.
This should relieve you of the Xbox app for good. Of course, if you find it useful, you can download it later from the Microsoft Store. And with that, we can conclude. If you have any questions, suggestions, or want to share your experience with Xbox in Windows 10, be sure to do so in the comments section.
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