The new Xbox app for Windows 10 combines the social and matchmaking features that made Xbox Live so in-demand with Windows gaming power, adding some interesting connectivity choices between Windows 10 PCs (including Surface tablets running in Windows 10) and the Xbox One.

The Xbox app serves as a front-end to Xbox Live for Windows 10 systems. It also represents Microsoft’s plans to widen the coverage of Xbox as a platform. Although Xbox One is still Microsoft’s big game console, the Xbox app on Windows 10 enables previously Xbox-only features accessible on PCs and tablets. Find out below some of the cool features the new Xbox app for Windows 10 has to offer.

Follow Friends on Xbox Live

The Xbox app for Windows 10 can serve as a full communications and activity-tracking for Xbox Live. You now have the ability to see who’s playing what, watch game clips they share, and send messages and invites from your computer. This feature is also useful when you see a friend playing a cross-platform multiplayer game from their Xbox One console, you don’t need to leave your desk if in case you would like to join the game they’re on.

Buy Windows 10 Games

Aside from being able to keep track of your friends, another important aspect of an online gaming platform is the ability to buy games. Xbox Live has made this an essential part of the Xbox One, with all major game released digitally, and many exclusive titles that are only available through the service. The Xbox app includes access to Microsoft’s own online software store, enabling you to purchase games directly through the service.

Track Achievements

With the help of the Xbox app, you can combine your Xbox One and Windows achievements into a single list and one Gamerscore pool. This is a great way to keep your gaming bragging rights organized across platforms. The achievements are integrated into the software more flawlessly that with Microsoft’s previous attempt, the Games for Windows Live platform.

Stream Xbox One Games to Your PC

You can stream your Xbox One to any room in your house through a Windows 10 PC or tablet. Even Xbox One exclusives will be playable through your monitor or through a Surface Pro, with game streaming. In order for this to work, you need an Xbox One gamepad connected to your PC or tablet.

Add Games Automatically

The app will support automated discovery of Windows Store games and a large number of older non-Windows store PC games so they get added automatically to your game collection within the Xbox app upon its first launch. If a game is not automatically added, you can manually add it to your collection. The Xbox team will continue to add non-Windows store games to a service-side list, so that automated discovery will improve over time.

Record Any App or Game with the Game Bar

The Xbox app can record nearly any running app. While a few applications can exempt themselves, most have not. That means that the Xbox app is not only an awesome game recorder; it’s an awesome screen capture tool.

This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 6:28:47 AM and is filed under Mixellaneous.

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