Xbox app on Windows 10 gets updated, Preview Program coming soon

Microsoft is busy rolling out updates for its Xbox-related services with its last-gen console getting an update earlier today and sign-ups for the Xbox One Windows 10 Preview Program going live yesterday. Now, the company has released updates for the Xbox app on Windows 10, adding a plethora of new features with promise of more to come.

This September update mainly improves upon the console's online capabilities, the full list of new features and improvements in the update includes:

  • Real-time Friends list presence. Your Friends list will automatically refresh with your friends’ on/offline status and the apps and games in which they’re currently engaged – including whether the game they’re playing can be joined via multiplayer or party.
  • Real-time Activity Feed updates. No need to hit refresh to see new Activity Feed items; keep the Xbox app open and your Activity Feed will let you know when there are new items to view, comment on, like, or re-share.
  • Game progress comparison. Feeling competitive? Discover how you stack up against your friends on specific game progress by visiting the Achievements section of your profile and selecting ‘Compare.’ You’ll enjoy a side-by-side comparison of your selected friends’ progress on games you’ve recently played, including game completion percentage, Gamerscore and Achievements earned.
  • Console text entry. We’re also bringing one of the most requested features from Xbox Feedback to the Xbox app on Windows 10 –the ability to use the Xbox app for text input on Xbox One. You will now be able to use the Xbox app and other inputs compatible with Windows devices – keyboards, touch keypads, and the like – to enter text in search boxes and more on Xbox One.

Along with these features, Microsoft has also announced an Xbox Beta app, which the company states will arrive later this month. Just like the Xbox One Preview Program, users will be able to provide feedback about the Xbox app on Windows 10 through the new application, allowing Microsoft to better shape its product based on customer feedback. Users will be able to download the Xbox Beta app from the Windows Store when it becomes available later this month.

Source: Microsoft

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