Microsoft has rolled out a new update for the Xbox app on Windows 10. The latest release makes some major changes to the app. Xbox gamers use the app as a central hub on Windows 10, allowing them to chat, find games, create groups, and more.
With the latest update, Microsoft has added a new light theme for the Xbox app. We have previously seen this theme tested in the Beta application.
Also following the beta release, the regular app no longer supports animated Xbox Avatars, which have been removed. This makes sense as Microsoft has announced a new avatar ecosystem which will launch by the end of the year.
There are a couple of other changes to the Xbox app, so check out the changelog below:
- New for party chat: Control your party's chat volume, and choose a specific audio device.
- Get the bird's-eye view: Brackets have been added for Killer Instinct tournaments.
- We now take you live! Watch game broadcasts in clubs.
- Co-stream with friends: Once you get an invite, just accept to go to Mixer.com and co-stream.
Last month, Microsoft made changes to the Xbox app on iOS and Android. The core addition through that release was Chat Bubbles. Those apps also received the following:
the following improvements:
- “Both versions of the app can now do the following:
- Share Looking-For-Group requests via a message or post to the Activity Feed
- Browse available games in Xbox Game Pass for those who are paid subscribers
- More flexibility and functionality when the mobile device or app is set to a different region than the Xbox One console (Users can now purchase games on the app for the console's set region)”
Xbox Insider Changes
This month, Microsoft has made significant changes to the Xbox Insider Program. Specifically, the testing service is now available to all users.
To make the Xbox Insider Program more enticing, Microsoft says it is working with game developers to bring playtests of unreleased games to Insiders.