Windows 10 Xbox App updated, Xbox Beta App coming soon

Real-time Friends list, console text entry and more come to Win10 Xbox app, beta planned.

Published Fri, Oct 23 2015 4:32 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:03 PM CST

The Xbox app for Windows 10 gets an update today, sporting some neat new features, some specifically requested.

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First is a real-time friends list a la Steam. Friends will now show as offline or online, and you'll be able to see what they're playing and if you can join them, all in real-time.

Also on the social front, your feed will self-update (in this case, a la Facebook), so you can stay up to date on your friends with minimal effort.

Third, the new 'Compare' section will show how you stack up against your friends in terms of game completion percentage, Gamerscore, and Achievements.

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And finally, console text entry means you can communicate with your Xbox One via keyboard, touch keypad, etc. as you see fit.

Apart from the update, Microsoft has something else in store: following the success of its Xbox One Preview Program, they're bringing it to Windows 10 later this month in the form of the Xbox Beta app. You'll be able to download it from the Windows Store when it hits.


Sean has a background in journalism, and has been using that to write about gaming and tech since 2008 - first for Neoseeker, then Rage3D, and now, TweakTown. As News Editor, Sean's job is to supply regular stories on the latest happenings in the tech world. He also writes tweak guides to help you get the most out of your PC games and hardware.

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