More Xbox Features Coming to Windows 10 Preview

Friends list support, avatars, and more will be usable.


Microsoft is planning on making the Xbox One and PC more compatible when Windows 10 launches at the end of July, and today the company announced that a lot of Xbox features will launch early on PC through the Windows preview program.

Xbox spokesperson Larry Hryb (known as Major Nelson) described the features on his blog, stating that they will come this month. The update adds a "My Games" list, which automatically organizes games you've bought from the Windows Store. You can manually add other games to it, similar to Steam's games list.

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This update also enhances game hubs, which consolidate information about each purchased game. If you own Xbox One games, you can launch streaming sessions from their game hubs. Additionally, this update adds the activity feed and Showcase to Windows, letting you see your friends' activities and share Game DVR clips to it.

Finally, this new preview version of Windows 10 also tweaks and refines the Xbox Avatars app, adding an option to take pictures of your avatar.

Windows 10 officially launches on July 29, and it's free for a year for Windows 7 and 8 users. Microsoft also recently showed off the upcoming Xbox user interface redesign, featuring integration with Microsoft's Cortana voice assistant.

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