Windows 10 gamers can now get early access to new Xbox beta app features

Laurent Giret

Microsoft is making it easier for PC gamers to test new features coming to its Xbox beta app for Windows 10. While the company uses the Windows Insider program to ship new app updates for Windows 10 inbox apps like Mail or OneNote, Microsoft uses its Xbox Insider Hub app to allow PC users to test new Windows gaming features, including preview versions of the Xbox Game Bar.

Now, the Xbox beta app for Windows 10 has joined the Windows Gaming Flight in the Xbox Insider Hub, which means that all Windows 10 users can now sign up to receive preview versions of the game launcher. Microsoft teased yesterday “access to a preview version full of additional improvements,” including better performance and decreased memory usage. This seems to describe the new React Native version of the Xbox beta app that Microsoft previously shipped to Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring, which is faster and leaner than the previous Electron version.

If you want to get access to preview versions of the Xbox beta app, you need to install the Xbox Insider Hub, then go to Insider Content and sign up for the Windows Gaming Flight. The Xbox app should then appear in the “Apps” section, along with the Xbox Game Bar. Those of you who also sign up to preview changes to the Xbox Game Bar will also get access to the new widget store that Microsoft announced earlier this month.