At the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Microsoft showed off the gaming experience in Windows 10 with the new Xbox app. Microsoft’s Bill Schiefelbein explains how the Xbox app in Windows 10 plays a key role to be a social networking for gamers to communicate and stay in touch with friends.
While there is a version of the Xbox app for Windows 10 in the latest preview, the presentation shows additional features that we have not seen before. One of these features is Game DVR, which works similar to the Xbox One feature. However, this feature is only for the PC version of the app on Windows 10, which won’t be available for the version on smartphones, but future updates are always possible.
Microsoft’s GDC 2015 announcements: The future of Windows 10 and Xbox One on gaming
Another feature that we didn’t see before was the Game Bar, which can appear inside any Windows 10 PC games. The bar allows users to take a screenshot, record videos, and show notifications when a video recording is complete.
Alongside showing off the gaming experience on Windows 10 via the Xbox app, at GDC 2015, Microsoft talked about the advances on DirectX 12 graphics and performance. The session goes deep into how developers can use the DirectX 12 APIs to reduce CPU usage, manage GPU resources, and enable the best 3D graphics possible across all Windows 10 devices, including phones, PCs, tablets, and Xbox.
Microsoft launches Xbox Live SDK for Windows 10 at GDC 2015
If you’re a gamer enthusiast both videos offer valuable information for the future of gaming in Windows 10.