Microsoft updated Windows 10's Xbox app today, adding elements like built-in support for Xbox One streaming in 1080p at 60 frames per second as well as social features, the company announced today.
The app's August update is the first since the debut of Windows 10 just under three weeks ago. One of the app's main features is the ability to stream a game from an Xbox One to a Windows 10 device, as long as they're on the same network. Enterprising power users discovered last week that they could enable a higher-quality stream by tinkering with a settings file, but today's update adds a "very high" option for streaming quality directly into the app's interface.
Richard Irving, group program manager for Xbox One, said in an interview with Microsoft's Larry Hryb that streaming at 1080p and 60 fps will work over some wireless networks but will run best over a wired connection. Irving did not provide a minimum bandwidth requirement for the feature; we've reached out to Microsoft to ask about that, and will update this article with any information we receive.
Today's update also includes interface tweaks that make the app more useful, like the ability to compare Achievements with friends (only one at a time) and right-click on a gamertag to send that person a message or invite them to party chat. The app's My Games page now offers a higher-density view of your game library and allows you to manually add games that the app doesn't find on its own. And you can now navigate your games with an alphabetical jump list.
Other new features include an option to disable notifications for party or game invitations, as well as an updated Recently Played view that displays which of your friends are playing a particular game. The update is also meant to "address some issues around sign-in, localization and game streaming reported by a subset of Windows 10 users," according to Microsoft.
In the video, Irving repeatedly mentioned fan feedback as the impetus behind many of the update's changes, and said Microsoft expects to deliver "regular updates from here on out" to the Xbox app. Users can provide suggestions on the Xbox Feedback site, while members of the Windows Insider Program can also head to Windows Feedback.