Microsoft is reportedly working on a project that will allow users to create Xbox Dynamic background for their Xbox consoles and Windows 11. According to Aggiornamenti Lumia, Microsoft is taking inspiration from Wallpaper Engine, which allows Steam users to generate animated backgrounds on Windows.
The report points to a Microsoft project without a name that is currently in development. It would allow animated background with customizable effects. This Android live wallpapers, but for the Windows platform, and you’re on the right track.
In the tutorial accompanying the project, Microsoft describes 8 custom effects that can be used on the wallpaper at the same time. I guess there will be more than 8 effects overall, but 8 will be the limit for concurrent effects.
There will also be other tools and features for creating custom animated wallpapers on Xbox and Windows PCs.
Coming or Not?
Of course, there is no guarantee Microsoft will bring this ability to users. The company has experimented with similar wallpaper tools in the past. Of course, there are third-party solutions that offer similar features.
Despite the growth in live wallpapers at the start of the smartphone era, they never really took off. While they are still part of Android, most users avoid live wallpapers because they drain battery. For some reason, Windows has never gotten animated wallpapers natively.
Microsoft has yet to confirm this project either way, so we are still in the realm of speculation. Still, it would be nice to have a new tool for jazzing up the Windows 11 desktop a little. Even so, I suspect this will be more gimmick than truly useful.
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