Xbox PC app now checks compatibility before downloading games
The Xbox app on Windows now shows users if a game will run well on their PC before purchasing and installing new titles. The new feature is a simple performance check tag like “should play fine on this PC” that appears directly below the install or play button on the Xbox app.
Why is this important – While it might seem like an odd reminder that the Xbox app knows all of the hardware on your PC, this new feature can be useful for those with older machines or graphics cards. It is also more user-friendly for those who are unsure of their PC’s specifications.
The Xbox app has always listed the minimum and recommended system requirements for each game, but it will now automatically rate those requirements and anticipate the gaming experience.
Solve a UX problem – On first use, the Xbox app makes it easier to find and buy games, but its deeper user interface lacks clarity. In the GamePass tab, users should hover over a wordless button with three lines for “more details” and then go to the “more” tab. The word “more” is quite vague here, so players have to engage in a bit of trial and error guesswork to find the system requirements for each game. The new performance check labels may have been used. published to reduce the need for such heavy navigation.
Subjective expression – While this new feature is a big help for the less tech-savvy among us, the Xbox app’s performance check labels use subjective wording that may seem ambiguous to more advanced gamers.
Each player defines a “great” gaming experience differently, and Microsoft’s performance benchmarks are unclear. Does “great” mean that a user can run the game at 240 fps with maximum graphics? Or does that mean they may have to compromise to feel like their game isn’t lagging behind?
How to get it – Currently, this new feature is only available to those who have downloaded the Xbox Insider Hub app and enabled Windows Gaming features. Users will need to install the new feature on the Xbox app and restart the app before the label starts appearing under each game in the store.
It appears that Microsoft has yet to review applications for all of its titles in the Xbox store, as some titles say “performance monitoring is not yet available”, but it appears that Xbox is looking to conduct reviews on the Xbox store. entire library in the future.