Xbox Corporate Vice President Sarah Bond highlighted Xbox's presence in the upcoming operating system, which is scheduled to launch this holiday season, during Microsoft's reveal broadcast. We took a look at the Xbox app in action, and while there may be some changes to the exact UI between now and launch, it looks like a faithful blend of the console's Game Pass browser and the existing Windows Store experience (which will be revised for Windows 11).
The Game Pass tab of the Windows 11 Xbox app has the entire PC catalog, with individual games designated to support Xbox cloud gaming (formerly and colloquially known as xCloud). Sea of Thieves was featured prominently in the reveal, and its Windows 11 app widget mirrors the information in the Microsoft Store. Bond also confirmed that Game Pass cross-save and cross-platform support will carry over to Windows 11. As a reminder, an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription is required to stream supported games over the cloud. Currently, more than 100 games on the service support cloud gaming.Read also
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Windows 11 will bring additional games to the PC through Android app integration. Android apps will seemingly work like normal Windows 11 apps, with support for taskbar and startbar integration, as well as the new OS layout grids. Instead of the Google Play store, however, Windows 11 uses the Amazon app store to deliver Android apps, including games.
Along with direct Xbox integration, Windows 11 will include new technologies designed to improve the PC gaming experience. Bond highlighted a new auto HDR feature that automatically applies a high-definition color gamut to “over 1.000 games, including Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, Rocket League, DayZ and even Doom 64… with no effort required from the player or user.” developer." In the same vein, Windows 11 will use the same direct storage API as the Xbox Series X to improve load times and load efficiency. All in all, Windows 11 looks like a solid bundle of features and accessibility for PC gamers, and it's about to become yet another mainstay for Xbox Game Pass.
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