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Xbox App for Windows 10 Features Messaging, Store

by Eric Frederiksen | December 15, 2014December 15, 2014 11:30 am PDT


A leaked build for Windows 10 has revealed some of what we can look forward to at Microsoft’s January preview event. Cortana integration seems to be a big part of it, but gamers can look forward to an Xbox app.

The version present in the preview build looks a lot like the SmartGlass app. Tabs for achievements, messaging, and the Xbox store are present, as well as panes for your friends list and activity feed. The app looks good, and its presence on a PC could help make the Xbox Messaging system more useful.

The app looks to be pretty sparse right now, but it comes along with the message in the image below – “We’re still working on it, but we couldn’t wait to give you a sneak peak.” We’re hoping to see some more interesting features come to the app before the OS launches.

Integration with the Xbox’s Upload and Upload Studio applications, for example, seems like a no-brainer. Being able to edit your Xbox clips on a PC would be much smoother than with a game controller. I’m still dreaming of remote play that might give those without home theater PCs a way to play PC games on their screen, but that’s likely fantasy.

What features do you want to see in the Xbox App when Windows 10 hits?



Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...