Microsoft is now enabling testers to use a new Xbox App program for Windows that vastly streamlines the game installation procedure via the Windows Store. As we revealed earlier this month, the upgraded program enables PC players to install games into any folder of their choosing, with full access to game contents.
It’s a solution that alleviates many of the issues associated with installing Xbox Game Pass games on PC, and it should also allow you to backup and restore game data if necessary. Previously, Microsoft required games to be installed into a WindowsApps folder at the root of a disc, and it was locked down so you couldn’t alter or transfer files freely. The revised Xbox software now allows you to choose a location and, if you already have games loaded, you may transfer them to secondary storage. I tried the software and successfully relocated Forza Horizon 5, Gears 5, and Microsoft Flight Simulator to secondary discs. I can now fully access those files and directories as well.
Windows 10 and Windows 11 users may preview the new Xbox app by downloading the Xbox Insider Hub software from the store. To receive the latest Xbox app, you must join the “Windows Gaming” preview inside the Xbox Insider Hub app. Microsoft does identify a number of known difficulties for this early edition, including problems launching certain games from external devices and a handful of titles that aren’t currently supported.
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Microsoft made a brief mention of the forthcoming Xbox app today at E3. The new Xbox app will house PC games as well as Xbox titles that are accessible on the PC. Microsoft seems to be presenting the new Xbox app as a rival to Steam, and it looks stunning.
You can’t additionally add titles from the Windows Store to Steam since there seems to be a permissions problem. Because the Xbox app is currently in preview, this might be an issue that will be fixed before it becomes generally accessible. In any case, after years of difficulties and glitches for PC users, Windows Store game installations are finally becoming more Steam-like. If you’ve been avoiding Xbox Game Pass on PC because of the Windows Store, this new Xbox might alleviate some of your concerns.