Microsoft is now rolling out what it calls the August 2015 system update for the Xbox app on Windows 10, bringing 1080p/60fps Xbox One game streaming and other improvements.
I don’t and won’t normally blog about individual Windows 10 app updates—how tedious and unnecessary—unless they bring significant enhancements. And on that note, this one is pretty big, especially if you plan to use the app’s ability to stream Xbox One games to your Windows 10 PC or device.
Here’s what’s new in the Xbox app for Windows 10.
“Very high” quality game streaming. A new “Very high” game streaming option provides 1080p video quality at 60fps, a significant improvement over the previous best setting, “High.” Obviously, you will need a fast home network and preferably be on Ethernet for this option to work properly.
Right-click support. If you want to send a message to a friend, or invite them to a party, you can now do so by right-clicking them in the app.
Toggle notifications. Now, you can enable or disable notifications for party and multiplayer game invitations (in Settings, General, Party & Games Invitations).
Recently played. In the Recently played list, you can now select individual games and see an animated display on the game tile showing how many friends have played the game and a list of the four most recent players, and your last played date, Gamerscore and achievements percentage completed.
Compare achievements. From any Game hub view, you can now select Compare (at the top right of the achievements list) to compare your achievements in that game with those of your friends. You can also look at an individual achievement and see which of your friends has gotten it.
My games. This view has been updated with a grid view and jump list, similar to that found in the All Apps view in the Windows 10 Start menu. You can also add games from your PC to the My games list.
Bug fixes. The app update also addresses some issues around sign-in, localization and game streaming.
The app update is available now. If you’re not on version 8.8.15003.00000 or higher, you can grab the update manually in the Store app.