Microsoft has recently rolled out a refreshed version of the Xbox app for PC, bringing forth a range of modifications and enhancements aimed at improving user experience. Notably, the update introduces a Compact mode specifically crafted to cater to the emerging trend of handheld gaming PCs.
The Compact mode presents a collapsible side menu, allowing users to minimize it to reveal only the essential icons. This innovative feature optimizes screen real estate on smaller devices, addressing the challenges posed by limited screen sizes.
However, it’s worth noting that activating Compact mode results in the loss of direct access to installed games through the sidebar. Instead, users will need to navigate to the My Library section for game access. Additionally, the option to enable Compact mode is somewhat tucked away in the drop-down menu accessible by clicking the profile icon in the top-left corner, rather than being a direct on-screen button.
Microsoft has expressed collaboration efforts with manufacturers like ASUS to integrate Compact mode as a default setting on handheld devices such as the ROG Ally.
Further enhancements in the app include updates to the notifications section, where users can now exclusively view unread notifications rather than the entire history. A new Gaming Service Repair Tool has been incorporated to address any issues related to Gaming Service or missing content during the Xbox app launch.
The updated Xbox app for PC is now downloadable from the Microsoft Store and is compatible with both Windows 10 and 11.