Some of you running Windows 10 with the newest update may have noticed some interesting additions to the stock Xbox app today. Sure enough, Microsoft Director of Program Management for Xbox, Mike Ybarra, has taken to the Xbox Wire blog to announce those changes, which have a lot to do with Facebook and streaming. The new features come to the official apps from the Xbox beta app as a result of the Xbox team listening to fan feedbacks, writes Ybarra.
The first feature, Facebook Friend Finder, now allows you to find Facebook friends that you can add to Xbox Live right from the app by linking your Facebook account with Xbox Live. The option can either be found on the right column, in the Friends section on the main view, or accessed in Settings; you can easily turn the suggestion off, however, if you’re not interested. Facebook Friend Finder will also be available this week for the web version of the app, Xbox.com, for web users on any platform and device.
The second feature which should be a boon to streamers and Youtubers is the ability to record voiceovers in Game DVR clips. Simply plug in a headset with a microphone and start narrating your experience, using customizable hotkeys and new Settings options. Expanding on the DVR capabilities of the Xbox app, users can now record game clips from any game, including previously-unsupported PC games.
The update also include a new Store experience, and the ability to record any game, including PC games, on your Windows 10 PC:
- Record ANY game on your Windows 10 PC: The recent Windows 10 update also enables you to record game clips and capture screenshots for ALL games, including PC games where Game bar and Game DVR hotkeys didn’t work earlier.
- Xbox Store section: The Store section in the Xbox app will now bring you into the Xbox Store – a launching point for browsing and searching for both Windows 10 and Xbox One games. The new interface allows you to see more content in the Store at a glance and brings you the latest crop of the most popular Windows 10 and Xbox One games, plus you can redeem Games with Gold games or get discounted games through Deals with Gold. Additional details on Xbox Store improvements that we tested recently in the Xbox beta app and have now officially released to the Xbox app can be found here.
If you don’t have it already, you can get the Xbox app for Windows 10 from the download link below: