Microsoft brings Spotify and useful widgets to its Xbox Game Bar on Windows 10

Microsoft's head of games, Phil Spencer, admitted last year that the software maker had "a lot of work to do in Windows" for PC gamers. Microsoft is now beginning to improve its Xbox integration on the PC with the release of a major revision of the Game Bar feature in Windows 10. Available for beta testers, the updated Game Bar now includes widgets that look more like the overlays you'll find . in the GeForce Experience of Nvidia.

These widgets include many of the functions you would normally find in the game bar, but there are also many new ones. Microsoft is integrating Spotify into this feature, allowing you to control the playback of songs during games. There is also an audio widget to adjust the volume and outputs of the game, and a widget to monitor the use of the CPU, GPU and RAM. The Xbox game bar can be activated using winkey + G in Windows 10, and this new design makes it much easier to use if you want to change it and then quickly return to a game.


microsoft brings spotify and useful widgets to its xbox game bar on windows 10

Microsoft also makes it easier to convert captured screenshots into memes with quick editing and share them with Twitter features. You can capture a video, add superimposed text and then instantly share it on Twitter, all while this interface is located above your game. There's even a new social Xbox widget with a list of friends and the ability to send messages quickly from the game bar.

Microsoft has really focused on improving the game bar from being a simple bar to an overlay function that is fully customizable. You can set the widgets where you want them and choose which ones to include or hide.

This new Xbox game bar is being tested right now for PC gamers, and Microsoft is looking for comments before it spreads wider. If you want to try the new game bar, you can do so by starting the Xbox Insider Hub on a Windows 10 PC and selecting Windows Games of internal content to enable it. Microsoft seems to be finally addressing some of its shortcomings in PC gaming, and we expect to see more work at E3 this year.

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