Windows 10 Xbox App Now Available to Testers

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Microsoft's Windows Insider program that allows members to test early version of Windows 10 has added an early version of the Xbox app to it's latest January build.

"With the initial preview release of the Xbox app, the team has focused on ‘the basics’, including supporting high resolution desktop monitors, keyboard and mouse input, and will continue to add new functionality until we finally ship the Xbox on Windows application and experiences later this year," Microsoft said on Xbox Wire.

As with all Windows features as part of the Windows Insider program, Microsoft's plan is to continupnely update the Xbox app based on user feedback.

For now, you can watch some of the basic features of the Xbox app in the video above, or courtesy of Xbox Wire, read what's currently included in the app below.

If you're not a part of the Windows Insider program, you can join here.

  • Your Profile – provides you quick access to your Xbox profile and recent activity and achievements. With the initial preview build, you can see your Gamerscore, recent Activity, Achievements, Following lists and Game Clips.
    • Activity – provides detailed information on your last game played and also allows you to post updates to your Activity Feed.
    • Achievements – allows you to browse all of the games you have recently played across all platforms and see how you are doing on Achievements.
    • Following – displays your Friends and also enables you to see games that you are following. You can “Follow” a game by clicking on the Follow button on the game details page.
    • Game Clips – provides you access to your recorded game clips
  • Home – the Xbox app home page will provide you quick access to your Recently Played games, your friends and their online status and an Activity Feed of recent events, game clips, etc.
    • Recently Played – you can see your recently played games, along with your gamer score and achievements earned across all platforms, you can also filter this list down to Xbox One and eventually other devices. When you click on a game, you bring up the Game Hub– where you can see your Gamerscore, Achievement status, Time played and Game clips for a particular game. Additionally, this is where you can choose to “Follow” a game.
    • Friends – you can see your friends across devices and search and find new friends. Additionally, you can go the profile page for your friends and followers and view their recent activity, achievements, friends, games they follow and game clips.
      • People you might know – the new Xbox app on Windows 10 provides you with a list of people that you might want to add to your Friends list, for example people that are Following you.
      • VIPs on Xbox – You can now also choose to follow key gamers and content creators across the Xbox Live community, such as Clip Creators and Popular Broadcasters.
    • Activity Feed – you can view your activity feed and post text, like and comment on your friends’ recent achievements and Game clips. In this version of preview build, the sharing functionality is not yet enabled.
  • Messages - Users can view messages from other users and system messages / notifications.
  • Settings – Within settings, you can see the current Version number of the Xbox on Windows app, and choose to Sign out from the app. Additionally, you can turn on/off the following items:
    • Live tile – choose to display # of friends online, unread messages and activity alerts on the Xbox app tile on the Windows 10 Start menu
    • Notifications - for the following items:
      • Favorite online – Notify me when my favorite friends are online
      • Twitch broadcast started – Notify me when my favorite friends start broadcasting
      • Message – Notify me when I get a new message

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what about discs?

also is just streaming cause it would be nice to get to use your games on your computer while your other friends use the tv

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Will there be any plans in the future to update the Xbox 360 to stream to Windows 10 as well?

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Will there be keyboard/mouse support for atleast singleplayer games?

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Can someone answer my hypothetical question?
If you have a killer graphics card, by streaming a game will you graphics card play part in that equation?

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Patiently waiting to upgrade to win 10 anyway. Only problem is will my games work on it. win 8 was a pain and had to go back to win 7. I have the xbox 1 but the game picture quality still looks better on the PS4 at 1080P. PC always had the best picture quality, so, is this how xbox 1 overcomes the 1080P resolution problem by using the PC output since we all know xbox 1 only puts out 900 not 1080P.

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Love the ideas they've got - but as a PC gamer, never going to use them ;)

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Windows 10 is TOTAL S-H-I-T

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<< LINK REMOVED >> It's not actually.

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Somehow this community always finds a way to complain about free features and added content no matter how good... There's nothing wrong with this and it brings a lot of convenience to people who own both platforms, especially people on their PC more.


If you don't like it move on and stop your incessant whining, I'm and many others very much looking forward to this.

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Why would anyone want this?

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So, MS' solution to the whole "you can get most Xbox games on PC" thing is to play your X1 games on your PC and to treat your X1 like a PC?


Alrighty then

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I think their response to people trying to perpetuate that continued devaluation of Xbox One is to just let you burn yourself alive and continue with their successful business practices.

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After watching the Presentation, all I can say is that Microsoft looks like they will End the War with Xbox vs PS4 and PC because at this point, Xbox=PC now.

hopefully will see more Cross-multiplayer gaming on Xbox one with PC once this gets released.

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How would this be Xbox=PC????

You cant stream from the cloud, as you can only stream from an existing xbox that you already own.

The only people i can see this benefiting is owners of both platforms only.

Kinda beats the purpose of using the PC if you already can hook it up to a TV.

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If anybody wants to join the preview program friend request me xOoooo Killemx

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"stream from your Xbox One console to your Windows 10 device" Lost half my interest. Was hoping it was more cloud based. Cool to play them on a portable Windows 10 device (tablet, etc) but I was hoping they would announce Windows 10 playing Xbox One games natively on your PC hardware (since the architecture is so similar). Oh well.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> The fact that you were hoping for this shows your complete lack of knowledge regarding platform differences... You don't just flip a switch and these things then work natively on a PC, please get real.


Controls and UI elements need to be completely redesigned and coded for functionality, it has to be made to actually function on the PC and then to top this off the game code has to be optimized to work on the nearly endless amounts of hardware variations that users have...

"I was hoping they would announce Windows 10 playing Xbox One games natively on your PC hardware"

laugh out loud...



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<< LINK REMOVED >> No reason to be negative about it. Here is where i was coming from. Phil Spencer quoted a week or two before this announcement saying Windows 10 Could Be Best Microsoft OS Ever For PC Gamers, when hinting something about Xbox One/PC gaming. Streaming from your console to your PC is hardly a "Best OS for PC gamers" feature. Streaming Xbox One games from the cloud... eh maybe. Now was I hoping for it? Sure. Was I expecting it? Not really.

As far as flipping a switch to get this to work natively on a PC, of course that isn't the case. But they have faced bigger challenges. (Xbox Original games running on the 360)

Controls and UI elements? Windows 7 and up already support Xbox One controls just by plugging into your computer (Win 7 needing the update). I'm not saying a mouse and keyboard would work with the game, but that could be left up to developers of future games. As far as the UI, It's Windows. Xbox One is Windows based. Very simple for them to do. Best way for them to implement this would be like Steam OS, or Steam in WIndows runs Big PIcture mode.

Just my $0.02

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<< LINK REMOVED >> (In the case of multi-platform) why not just get the Windows game?

Guess streaming from console make more sense for the console makers.

Soon/already it may make more sense to be able to stream games from the PC to the Xbox One.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> From the perspective of targeting a PC gamer, because Microsoft doesn't make a percentage off the sale of a Windows game if it's 3rd party, like they do off a console game. The only way they make money off it is by selling the OS it plays on. Doing it this way makes it a Win/Win, giving PC gamers the chance to buy Xbox One games, by targeting an audience that doesn't normally buy your games.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> because maybe you dont have the money to build a gaming pc?

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Games optimized for a gamepad,yes.


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<< LINK REMOVED >> Dont know why noone talks about it but you stream the games you own and you dont need to rent them :-)

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It's a good reason to stop buying games just as with music and movies again.

I've bought movies on DVD. I don't want to purchase the same movie on Blu-Ray and later on Blu-Ray UHD and later on a downloadable file and later on a downloadable file on a different service.

Come on. If I bought it just let me have a license to the f*ing movie regardless of where it's from.

As long as all games is on Steam for instance and always was and from everywhere that's ok. GOG is likely a much better platform and more secure as such (as far as your purchase go) and cheaper too I believe. But it's kinda not the standard.

Anyway I don't want to have the same games on different distribution platforms if that mean to purchase it multiple times. I don't want to have my old game purchases "become useless" because it's not the current distribution platform.

Feel free to compete in features, front-ends, technology and prices (how that would work) but make the license as such "global" so to speak.

If it's required to solve development costs and be able to compete in price charge for the service and let people decide whatever they want to get the better looking more advanced one or a simpler.

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I don't like how they're trying to force all of this social stuff, I play games so I don't have to talk to people, not to meet new people. I just don't want to see the Xbox turn into a social media device, rather than the gaming/TV device that it is. But, if that's what they're going to do, they really need to make the UI less clunky and make it easy and quick to actually open the friends list/messages.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> you do realize making it a social media device, and a game/tv device only increases the demographic by a crap tonne

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<< LINK REMOVED >> how quick do you want it? It's super intuitive in my experience. You speak of cluckiness, but I can access every part of the UI in just a few presses. You can double tap and snap every portion or you can simply hit the home button and access everything from there. Regardless, I love the social aspects of Live now. I love that I can use upload, search upload for certain types of game videos, and even receive comments and likes from people I don't even know. You don't have to use any of the social features. Not to mention, but Smartglass just makes it all even easier. I get a message and my phone, Xbox, and even PC, all alert me and are easily accessible.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> I just personally don't like the feel of it. I agree that it's intuitive, but I just feel that it could have been done a lot better. I'm not slating the console, I'm a huge Xbox fanboy, but I think that navigating on the 360 was a much easier experience. There's things I like over the 360 and there's things I don't, in my opinion it's just not quite there yet. Oh and Smartglass, I agree, it does make life easier for messaging. But going by your response, you seem like a social gamer. I'm not.


Oh and on the speed, I don't like how to get to some things you have to go through a lot of other things. But the monthly updates are improving things.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> the social aspect is optional, and it is probably noted that a majority prefer it as most people find gaming to be a social hobby. However, as someone who has both, the Xbox 360 UI is far more confusing to navigate in its entirety IMO. I think Microsoft provided a similar experience with the Xbox One but have cut down on the total amount of screens and sub folders to access content. When I first got my Day One edition, I would have agreed with you...mainly because it was all foreign when navigating, but considering I can access what I want much quicker, with less button presses, less UI lag, it easily goes to Xbox One for the UI after considerable time. The double tap SNAP option from June really accelerated the processes as well. I do have Kinect, and I love it usefulness, but I have managed to know the quickest routes between controller and Kinect. When combined, I can easily get to where I want to go. Going back to my 360 is a pain because it is very slow in comparison.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> don't forget, there's probably a nice overhaul with Windows 10 coming and it is possible that Cortana may allow voice controls without Kinect. The system continues to advance, and you're right, the monthly updates continues to make things better. We have seen more advances with the Xbox One in a mere year than the 360 in its first several years. As long as it continues to get better...it is always something to look forward to. I have never had a console excite me on a monthly basis really.

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<< LINK REMOVED >>I mean I'm not saying that I don't play games with friends, I do now and again, but we generally have issues trying to actually get in games together. For example, a couple of days ago, me and my friend wanted to play some Advanced Warfare together, it wouldn't let me send him any game invites, his invites weren't popping up, and whenever I tried to join his session it kept starting up GTA V. Once you get used to the UI, it is generally easy to get where you want to go, but I personally just don't how runs. With Kinect, I only generally use it for Netflix, it's not often I'll use it to navigate as I prefer the controller. I look forward to the updates as well, even this W10 one as it looks like it'll make some things easier. I guess I'll just have to wait and see how it pans out.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> friend's list has been having issue the past couple of weeks...it's been annoying. Maybe that is what you've been experiencing. I know I have.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> That'll be it then, probably why I'm so bothered about the UI at the moment.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> the plus minus of Microsoft offering services separately is that...if they are having issues with a service, the whole network doesn't go down like how Sony's infrastructure is built. However, "Friend's" seems to be MS' weakest part of their service. Yes, you can play online...but alone.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> The friends section is also a pretty integral part. I'm sure it'll get fixed at some point, but maybe rather than just having large monthly updates, small updates that just come out when needed would be kinda useful. Unless they already do this, and I haven't noticed.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> it is something affecting it on their end and not the UI. I agree it is integral.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> it isn't the UI, it's the service. While Live hasn't been down for multiplayer like PSN has, the friend's list is acting like a PSN service. It is incredibly annoying.

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The app is basically Smartglass. Nothing of interest here as of now.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> except it isn't.



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I don't have that app in my Windows 10...

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I want a Google play store app on my Xbox 1

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