A new update to the Xbox app on Windows adds a rating to game pages telling you how well the game is likely to run on your PC. If you’re playing on an older PC, this feature could save you from having to download a game that doesn’t pair with underperforming hardware.

Before you install a game from the Xbox app, you’ll soon see a little note below the install button that tells you how the game works on PCs similar to yours. The messages are simple: “Plays well on similar PCs”, for example. This includes games you purchased with games on Xbox Game Pass.

Tila Nguyen, senior product manager at Xbox, says “you might not see performance checks for every game,” especially games that were recently added, because it takes time for Microsoft to gather the information. which it uses to make recommendations. No specific information was given on how much data Xbox needs to make these performance recommendations.

The update will also make it easier to find games via the search bar, which now includes games from EA Play (assuming you have a Game Pass subscription). Categories such as “side scrolls” and “point and click” have also been added.

The Game Performance Fit Indicator update will soon be available on the desktop version of the Xbox app. In other Xbox app news, it’s coming soon to some Samsung TVs. Users will be able to use the Xbox app to stream games through Xbox Cloud Gaming without a console or PC.


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