Microsoft is adding a new Game Performance Indicator to its Xbox app on Windows today that will let you know how well a title is running on your PC before you download it. Although system requirements have always been listed, this simple label makes it much easier to get a much easier idea of whether a game is right for your PC at a glance.
The Xbox app compares a game’s performance on PCs with similar specs to yours and generates a prediction for how the game will perform. “If your PC isn’t up to scratch to run a graphically demanding game, you can check out the system requirements for more details on what you need to run the game,” says Tila Nguyen, Senior Product Manager . leading Xbox experiences at Microsoft.
However, not all games will immediately have a performance indicator. “As we continue to learn more about game performance on similar PCs, you may not see performance checks for every game (especially newly added games) until we have enough information to share a recommendation,” Nguyen says. Despite this, Microsoft’s rating system – or Game Performance Fit Indicator, as Microsoft calls it – still looks like an easy alternative to using third-party tools and websites like Can You Run It to determine if your PC is able to run games.
In addition to the performance indicator, some improvements have been made to the navigation in the Xbox application and the search tool. All navigation is now in the sidebar, and game installs are listed and trackable in a new queue at the bottom left of the app. Search now has improved accuracy for finding games, including those from EA Play and Ubisoft Connect.
Microsoft has been testing these new additions for the past six months. If you want to test out future updates, just download the Xbox Insider app and turn on Windows Game Preview.