Xbox app for Windows 10 August update rolling out, brings game streaming at 1080p and 60fps

The Xbox app for Windows 10 is being updated today to officially bring 1080p and 60fps game streaming from your Xbox One to Windows 10.

Recently we wrote on how to enable the “very high” streaming quality setting for Windows 10. Now, Microsoft made “very high” streaming the default option. In today’s Xbox Wire post, Major Nelson says that selecting “very high” will result in 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second setting for game streaming.

In addition to the update for game streaming, a couple of other useful features are being introduced. At the request of users, the update includes a right-click shortcut to message friends, a recently played games display, a manual way to add games to your library, and more. Below are the full details of all the new features included in the August update:

  • 1080p/60fps Game Streaming – You can now stream games from your Xbox One to Windows 10 devices in high-res HD quality at 1080p/60fps. The new streaming capability works best for gamers who have home networks with adequate bandwidth. In the Xbox app on Windows 10, go to Settings > Game Streaming and set the video encoding level to Very High, which will then stream games from your Xbox One to your Windows 10 PC at 1080p and 60fps (frames per second).
  • Right Click – You can now right-click on one of your friends and select Send Message or Invite to Party to more quickly connect with your friends.
  • Notifications – Starting today, you can enable or disable notifications for when you are invited to a party or a multiplayer game via Settings > General > Party & Games Invitations.
  • Recently Played – Now you will see an animated display alternately showing you how many friends have played each game along with the four most recent players. The display will then switch to show a second tile with your last played date, Gamerscore and Achievements percentage complete. If you click on the game, it will take you to the Game Hub, where you can see a list of all of your friends who have played the game sorted by most recently played along with their online status.
  • Compare Achievements with a Friend – You can now compare your achievement status with one of your friends who has played the game. From a Game Hub page, select Achievements > Compare at the top right above the list of all the achievements.
  • My Games – We updated My Games to support a grid view with a jump list, where your games are now displayed in a grid sorted alphabetically. If you click on a letter, you can collapse the list and then select a specific letter of the alphabet to more quickly find a game. The list of games that are automatically discovered has been updated as well.
  • Add Games – The ability to manually add games to your collection that have a link in the Start Menu by selecting My Games > Add a game from your PC has been updated with a help link to help you add games to your collection.

The update is rolling out today and includes some fixes for issues that were affecting a subset of Windows 10 users. To check if you have the latest update go to the Xbox apps Settings and then General. The August update will show up as version 8.8.15003.00000 or higher.

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Is 1080p/60fps game streaming working smoothly on your Windows 10 PC?