Windows 10 has arrived on PC platforms and it’s coming with plenty of goodies for Xbox One users. While there are tons of updates for your PC, we’re just going to look at features being added for Xbox One users.
“The Xbox App brings together your friends, games, and accomplishments across Xbox One and Windows 10 devices. Stay connected to the Xbox Live community, start party chats, launch into cross-device multiplayer, and stream Xbox One games to any Windows 10 PC in your home.” – Xbox
So what does it all mean? Well to start, there is a friends list where you can see who’s online and what they’re playing. As well as an activity feed to give you updates of your friend’s achievements and game clips. Messaging and party chat has also been added to the app as you can now create and join parties regardless of which platform you and your friends are on. It works much like the Skype app in that your friends could be gaming on their Xbox Ones will you’re on a PC, although party size will still have a limit of 8 and a video chat option will not be included.
Another added feature is the ability to track your own progress on your Xbox One titles. You’ll be able to see your; game clips, achievements, screenshots, and Gamerscore. There is also a game hub for all your Xbox games where you can keep up to date with info about game updates and DLC, straight from the developers, as well as see; featured game clips, trailers, available achievements, and which of your friends are playing the game.
Finally, its time for probably the biggest feature for Xbox One users. Windows 10 will allow you to stream your Xbox One games to your PC! Now just to clarify, you will not be able to use a keyboard and mouse to play the games and will instead have to connect your Xbox One controller to your PC. But this feature does mean that cross-platform gaming has arrived… sort of. You and your friends could be playing the same game together with one of you on a PC and the other on an Xbox. However, some users have said that games streamed to the PC do have some graphical issues. I’m sure that with a few updates and patches these issues can be fixed. While this isn’t the cross-platform experience we are begging for (one that doesn’t require both users to own an Xbox One), it’s still a great feature that could lead to something even greater in the future.
Windows 10 has now been released and is available to millions of PC users worldwide. Thanks for reading and be sure to look out for more updates on this and all other gaming news at strictlybusinessgaming.com, see you online!
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