Microsoft is beta testing a new feature for the Xbox app on PC that seems so obvious it’s amazing it’s not available in every PC game storefront. The beta version of the app will now tell you immediately if a game will run well on your PC, making purchasing decisions infinitely easier.
When you access a supported game, as The Verge reports, you’ll see a simple box near the top of the screen that says, “Should play well on this PC.” This means you can buy the game (or download it through Game Pass) and not have to worry about whether or not it will work.
The feature is definitely in the early stages of testing, and you’ll need to download the Xbox Insider app to try it out, but it looks promising. We hope Steam, Epic and other PC game stores will borrow it. Many games don’t even have labels yet, but if that takes off, it could lower the barrier to entry for PC gaming for some people.
Sure, Steam and the Xbox app have long shown a game’s minimum and recommended system requirements. And you can compare those to your PC’s specs to see if a game is playable, but not everyone knows which one. GPU or they have or how much RAM their PC runs. Having a quick little feature that says this game will or won’t work is incredibly useful.
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