The Xbox experience built into Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system has a major update arriving this week. Notable features include complete high-definition video game streaming.
Microsoft revealed what it’s calling the August Update for Xbox on Windows this week in a post on its Xbox Wire news website. Starting with this update, Xbox on Windows owners can set their desktops, notebooks or tablets to stream at 1080p and 60 frames per second. In the app itself Microsoft considers this the “Very High” quality setting. Users can already stream games directly from their Xbox One to their Windows 10 PC, provided they have an Xbox One Wireless Controller and a home network.
A new right-click menu lets users send invites and message others without first having to go into that person’s Xbox Live Profile. Anyone can disable game notifications directly from the Xbox on Windows 10 app’s settings. The Recently Played area now showcases Gamerscore and the app itself will recognize more PC games and add them to the My Games library automatically.
Updates on Windows 10 happen in the background. If you’re one of the people who have already installed Windows 10, it’s ready to go. You can manually trigger app updates in Windows 10 from the Downloads menu inside the Windows Store. Even those of you with super-fast, beast machines for PCs will need to have a wired internet connection going to take advantage of this new streaming option.