Software giant Microsoft’s gaming head Phil Spencer admitted last year that the company has a lot of work to do Windows, keeping in mind its PC gamers. Keeping its word, the software maker will be unveiling a revamped Game Bar feature in Windows 10, that will enable better Xbox integration on PCs. The revamped Game Bar for Windows 10 is available for beta testers starting today. We should mention that the feature comes with widgets that look a lot like the Nvidia GeForce’s overlays.
It is worth adding that these widgets don’t only come with a host of features that one normally finds in a game bar, but also includes a number of things that are new. The most notable change that this has is integration with Spotify, that will give players control over song playback while gaming. The company has also added an audio widget that enables users to adjust the volumes and sound output during the game. In addition to this, there is also a widget to monitor CPU, GPU and RAM usage.
You can activate the Xbox Game Bar by using winkey+G in Windows 10. The new layout that Microsoft has rolled out makes it easier for users to toggle into it to adjust the settings that they want and then quickly go back to playing the game.
The software giant has also added the ability to turn screenshots into memes. You can use the Quick Edit feature on the platform and then share it to Twitter too. That’s not all. Players will also be able to capture videos, overlay text on them and then share it to Twitter instantly. Furthermore, Microsoft has also added an Xbox social widget that has a friend list and using this, players can send messages from their Game Bar itself.
The Xbox Game Bar for Windows 10 has gone from being a simple bar to a fully customizable feature that can prove to be very useful to gamers. Microsoft has really focussed on enhancing the feature and it shows. The company has also added the ability of pinning widgets so that users can place them where they want them to be. In addition to this, players can also hide certain widgets if he does not find them useful.
As we mentioned earlier, currently, the Xbox Game Bar is being tested for PC gamers as the software giant may want to fix all the bugs and issues with it before rolling out the feature to the masses. If you cannot wait for the feature to be rolled out to all and want to try it out yourself, you can head to Xbox Insider Hub on a Windows 10 PC and choose Windows Gaming from insider content in order to enable it.