Microsoft details XBOX app for Windows 10


For decades, Windows has been the platform of choice for millions of gamers, and with Windows 10, the gaming abilities of Microsoft's OS are about to reach a whole new level. That's not only because the new version of Windows will have the DirectX 12 trump card, but also because it will feature Microsoft's new XBOX application. 

With this new XBOX app, which just got previewed during today's Microsoft press event, the tech giant is aiming to make gaming more social and more interactive. It features a neatly organized UI where all games owned by the user on any device are listed, along with the messages exchanged with XBOX Live friends and the activity feed where important gaming moments are highlighted. Speaking of messages, you'll be able to exchange both voice and text messages with your virtual buddies across platforms. 

The XBOX app will also boast a built-in DVR feature. As the name implies, it will let you view the past 30 seconds of your gameplay and turn that into a video. This video can then be shared on a social network or the XBOX community. Accessing the app's video recording capabilities is done with a simple shortcut – Windows + G.

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source: Microsoft, image via The Verge

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22 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I quit gaming nearly two years ago, but this seems pretty cool not going to lie.

2. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I am excited about cross platform multiplayer gaming. From xbox and pc players in the exact same game.

10. true1984

Posts: 865; Member since: May 23, 2012

i doubt it. you can do that one ps4 because they're restrictive, ms isnt so kind

17. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Uh they demoed this already with fable, one was on a pc the other on xbox in the same game. What title can i play on my ps4 and pc at the same time in the same mulitplayer room? Warframe? Whatelse...sorry gave my ps4 to a friend and havent really missed it yet.

3. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I was really wishing that XBOX games would now be cross-platform in the sense that XBOX One games would work on the PC, but I suppose streaming from XBOX One to PC is an almost adequate workaround. At least we can play those games from the PC now.

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Streaming from Xbox to PC is pointless for PC gamers since the Xbox is doing the processing They should have at least let the PC doing the processing so we can play Xbox games at higher settings and framerates The best would be if we could just play Xbox games on PC without an physical Xbox

18. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

the problem becomes the custom tailered code. Not all pcs have 8cores, not all pcs have 7gb of ram for game use solely. Not all pcs have an adequate gpu. There are some things the xbox does internally like the eram that the pc just cannot emulate. However the other way can be done. PC games that are tailored to a huge range of pc layouts, can run on an xbox1 at lower settings. Which is huge, if ms allows this type of stuff.

21. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Wouldn't be too hard for a major company like MS No Xbox game requires a PC with 8 cores, 8GB of RAM, eram Most Xbox games aren't even 60 fps 1080p Just like the other universal apps have code specifically for Xbox and code specifically for x86 (for universal apps its for x86 and ARM) And add lower setting for slower PCs and higher settings for faster PCs (e.g. like current PC games) Space wouldn't be a problem since there are newer Blurays coming soon with 100GB space For PC just don't download the Xbox specific part

5. Rorschach

Posts: 83; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

This is making me regret my decision of buying a PS4.

6. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Not sure if you want to or care, but you could probably trade it in an get an Xbox for free with the money you receive. Or you could get both. That's even better.

7. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Generally speaking, when comparing competing products, it's smart to think about what value the companies producing those products may add to it in the long run. As a software company with many services and tie-ins, Microsoft has a strong opportunity and ability to continue to add value to the XBOX in this case.

15. mixedfish

Posts: 1555; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

PS4 has been doing everything this 'Xbox app' has been doing for over a year now. Except you do it with the iOS/Android app.

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

What's the app called? As far as I'm aware its only available for Xperias But someone on xda did port it to other Androids

19. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

they did port it, but from what i have seen, not the best experiences or on par, then again its been awhile since i checked on the port. Yes the ps4 has been doing this for a year now, the difference though, is now the win10 core will power it. Right now the ps4 does not have a core OS to piggy back off of. Any changes made means muliptle OS coding. Not so for windows.

8. Rorschach

Posts: 83; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

It took me an entire year to make my decision (I just bought it Jan 1) and I took all factors into consideration, especially since I have a windows phone and wanted the full integrated experience (which I knew would happen eventually).. Coming from the 360, I wanted to get the XB One but after their press conference and initial plans for DRM, most of my friends shifted to PS4.. I had no choice but to join them although I liked XB One more.

9. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I guess, makes sense. Doesn't really matter much anyway, bottom line is your console is good as a media center and great for gaming, and that's not going to change. Even if the XBOX adds a few features, doesn't mean you'd spend a lot of time utilizing or even caring about them.

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

drm was actually better than physical media, i was so hoping for it cause you could gift a game and still play it after you purchased, this was going to cut me and my friends budget in half. Thanks to people like the ps and pc community they reverted. And now we pay double the price we would have.

12. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

These will help but EXCLUSIVE TITLES really define a gaming console.

13. DANTExphone888

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

I love the idea but it seems exceptionally flawed.

14. Drsarcastic

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

How? I'm curious.

22. DANTExphone888

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Remember Remote Play for the PS Vita to play PS3&PS4 games on the go. I heard a lot of people complaining that it was laggy, i'm thinking this is going to have that same problem.

23. Drsarcastic

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

Well you don't know until you try it.

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