Microsoft has sent out a major update for the Xbox Game Bar in Windows 10, which is now available in the Microsoft Store. The major development here is the Resources widget, that brings basic task management tools to the game bar.

There are also some other new tools coming to the bar, making it much more useful. Functionality is a big part of Microsoft’s push with the Xbox Game Bar. This year, the company debuted a widget store for the tool, allowing developers to create new features.

Since then, the Game Bar has become more functional in a major way. With the new Resources widget, that functionality has been given another boost. We have previously touched on this tool when it became available in preview and then when it was near release.

Gamers playing on full screen would need to minimize the game to open the task manager if their resources dipped. Now they can CTRL+SHIFT+ESC to bring the manager up on the game screen.

Users can see resource information across GPU, CPU, RAM, and Disk. The widget leverages a simple traffic light system that shows how much resources programs are using: red showing a large impact and green minimal impact. If a program is hogging system resources, it can be closed directly in the widget.

More Features

Resources is bundled into a new update that also adds the following abilities:

  • “You can now check whether your PC is DirectX 12 Ultimate ready with Xbox Game Bar: open Settings and navigate to “Gaming features.”
  • Never miss a new follower or chat message from your audience again with Gamecaster’s in-game overlay. Powered by Xbox Game Bar, the overlay allows you to pin transparent widgets inside your game to keep track of events and stream chat while live streaming – perfect for streamers with a single-monitor setup.
  • ASUS is bringing an update to their Armoury Crate software with an all-new widget for Xbox Game Bar. Players will be able to easily switch HyperFan modes from the widget to make sure their fans are functioning efficiently across 5 different modes, or open the app directly from Xbox Game Bar.”