Windows 10 and Windows 11 users can start using a new version of the Xbox app for the operating system starting today. Well, at least those in the Xbox Insider program, as the app is currently only available in preview. Remember that this is the Xbox/game specific program which is separate from Windows Inside.

The Xbox app for Windows is updated to version 2203.1000.21.0, adding a new navigation system. Specifically, a new non-collapsible sidebar covering the main Xbox sections: Game Pass, Cloud Gaming, My Library, Community, and Store.

The current app that all Windows 11 and 10 users see has these menu items next to the search bar at the top of the app screen.


In the new system, the main sections have installed games available and a Game Pass button (another one) below the main items. Yes, Microsoft is really starting to push Game Pass. While the button in the main section will open Game Pass, the smaller secondary option shows available PC Game Pass titles.

More Changes

Elsewhere, the design/navigation tweaks also extend to the search field, which is now permanent. In other words, it no longer collapses, meaning you can use the search function on any page in the Xbox app.

Finally for the main changes in version 2203.1000.21.0, Microsoft put the notification and profile icons on the left instead of the rights. Click the profile icon to open options for support, settings, feedback, home, and more.

The new version of the Xbox app is available to test on Windows 10 and Windows 11. You can grab it now by heading to the Microsoft Store and downloading the Xbox Insider Hub.

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