The Xbox app on PC is a well-known option for PC Game Pass users. Overall, the app is great. It has a clean UI, and all games are neatly organized on the left side of the screen. With features like “Surprise Me,” we think it is one of the cleanest game launchers among all available options. However, the fact Microsoft has nailed the design and usability does not mean they will stop making it better. We have good news for you — the Xbox app can now tell how a game could perform on a PC.
Xbox App Tells You How a Game Will Perform
Microsoft added the aforementioned feature to the Xbox app in early December 2021. Although it is a single line of info and sounds too generic, this is quite a smart move from Microsoft. Moreover, the feature has a more interesting aspect to it.
Some titles do not list this feature on their product pages. They show a “Performance check not available yet” tag. This suggests the feature is not blatantly based on collecting your hardware information and displaying a status based on the expected performance of a system of your caliber. This might mean Microsoft is working on an entire database behind the scenes and might assign the performance tags based on wide data collection from several PCs.
Is that a privacy concern? Yes. But if it makes lives easier, it’s likely worth it.
However, as of now, the feature has not rolled out in its entirety. It is only available via the Xbox Insiders program. To join the Insiders program, you need to download the Xbox Insider Hub from the Microsoft Store first. Then, log in with the same Microsoft account as in your Xbox app before joining the Windows Gaming preview from the available list of previews. After restarting your Xbox app, the feature will show up on supported games straight away.
Although this feature is still in beta, meaning Microsoft is still making improvements, it is a must-try. Joining the Xbox Insiders Program is an almost painless process that takes just a few clicks. This information might sound very limiting to some.
Sure enough, using third-party system requirements websites like ours and many others provides a much larger insight into the way a game can perform on your system. Furthermore, they can help even if you aren’t a geek. For the bottom line, this is just the beginning, and Microsoft, being a first-party contender, can make this feature a lot better.