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Windows 10 Xbox App Update Adds Official 1080P @ 60FPS Streaming Support

Last week we covered a tweak that you could implement on the Windows 10 Xbox App to reveal a ‘Very High’ Setting option; which would provide 1080P streaming support from the Xbox One (bandwidth permitting) to your Windows 10 PC/Tablet. However Microsoft has now made the update official, so you won’t need to tinker with anymore files.

As mentioned above the new streaming capability works best for those who have home networks with adequate bandwidth (such as running over a Wired connection).

Either way you can access the new option in two ways. Either head to the Xbox app on Windows 10, go to Settings > Game Streaming and set the video encoding level to Very High, which will then stream games from your Xbox One to your Windows 10 PC at 1080p and 60fps. Or you can launch the streaming option and then with your mouse click on the far top right icon to bring down the quality settings on the fly.

We posted a video of the comparison between the different settings last week. You just need to ignore the opening section (which covered the tweak, which is not needed now) and skip to 3:25.

Additional features have also been added to the app and these include...

Right Click: You can now right-click on one of your friends and select Send Message or Invite to Party to more quickly connect with your friends.

Notifications: You can enable or disable notifications for when you are invited to a party or a multiplayer game via Settings > General > Party & Games Invitations.

Recently Played: Now you will see an animated display alternately showing you how many friends have played each game along with the four most recent players. The display will then switch to show a second tile with your last played date, Gamerscore and Achievements percentage complete. If you click on the game, it will take you to the Game Hub, where you can see a list of all of your friends who have played the game sorted by most recently played along with their online status.

Compare Achievements with a Friend: You can now compare your achievement status with one of your friends who has played the game. From a Game Hub page, select Achievements > Compare at the top right above the list of all of the achievements.

My Games: Microsoft updated My Games to support a grid view with a jump list, where your games are now displayed in a grid sorted alphabetically. If you click on a letter, you can collapse the list and then select a specific letter of the alphabet to more quickly find a game. The list of games that are automatically discovered has been updated as well.

Add Games: The ability to manually add games to your collection that have a link in the Start Menu by selecting My Games > Add a game from your PC has been updated with a help link to help you add games to your collection.

The Xbox team also updated the Xbox app on Windows 10 to address some issues around sign-in, localisation and game streaming reported by a subset of Windows 10 users.

The Xbox app on Windows 10 should automatically update to the new version when it becomes available in the Windows Store. Once you receive the update, your version number should be 8.8.6000.00000 or higher. You can verify the version number of the Xbox app on Windows 10 under Settings > General.

Source: [Major Nelson]

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