A complaint a lot of PC gamers have made in the last few years is the fact that, where once there was just Steam for them to run games from, now there are multiple launchers they need to download in order to play their favorite titles. From the Epic Games Launcher to Battle.net to the Xbox App, a PC gamer will need to open a fair few different applications to access their full library. While some of these launchers, such as the Bethesda Launcher, are no longer around, others are consistently getting updates to prove they are worth keeping as a desktop icon.
The Xbox App is one such launcher that many gamers are quite happy to have installed on their machine. One of the major reasons the Xbox App is popular is that it gives instant access to Xbox Game Pass, the popular subscription service. Moreover, there have been multiple new features brought to the app that aim to give PC players a smoother experience. Modding was brought to the Xbox PC App in March of this year, and now an interesting new feature may prevent frustration among PC gamers.
The new feature being rolled out by Xbox is called the Game Performance Fit Indicator and will inform gamers if their PC can likely run a game before they download it. Essentially, this means that players will be able to tell whether a game will run well on their rig without having to go through the arduous process of downloading it and testing out the settings, only to find that it was never going to run well anyway. The feature gathers performance data from people with PCs similar to a given user’s and lets them know whether their own machine is likely to handle the game’s requirements well.
This could be an incredibly useful feature, especially for Game Pass subscribers, who have instant access to a huge roster of games. With file sizes of games increasing, it is important to know if an upcoming release like Starfield will be worth the space it would take up. If the game isn’t going to run well, it wouldn’t even be worth downloading in the first place. While this feature is rolling out on the Xbox App now, users may not see the Performance Fit Indicator for all titles right away, as data is continuously collected.
The Xbox PC App isn’t the only application from Microsoft receiving new features and updates. Recently, the Xbox mobile app began allowing users to create “stories” of their gaming adventures, similar to Instagram and Facebook’s feature of the same name. However, it is unlikely that these “stories” can match the usefulness of being able to check how a game will run on a user’s rig before they even download it.