On Monday, Microsoft Corporation released Windows 10 Build 10158, and it comes with new Xbox features. The Redmond company detailed the features for its gaming console in “Preview.” One needs the Windows 10 Build installed on their PC for the Xbox One to automatically update to the new Preview version.
Once the update is received, the version number should be at least 6.6.27004.00000. The Xbox on Windows 10 app version number can be verified in Settings.
Microsoft Corporation gave big announcements at E3 earlier this month about two features to Xbox One Preview One feature is backward compatibility, and the other is game streaming from Xbox One to a Windows 10 PC. The Windows maker now launches new features on Xbox on Windows 10, in Preview this month.
“My Games” list will show every newly installed games from the Windows Store. A game can be manually added to the list by choosing My Games -> Add a game from your PC. A new Featured Games section can also be found on the Home screen, below the “Recently Played” list. Game Hubs already allows the launching of a local PC game from the hub. Additionally, one can view game details about the game in the Windows Store as well as find or follow users to watch for the availability of a game. For Xbox One games, one can choose Play from the console to start game streaming.
The new feature now allows gamers to Share their achievements to the Activity feed with friends, just like on Xbox One. Xbox One clips can be shared or those screenshots in Game DVR -> Share to your Activity Feed and Showcase can be shared as well.
Xbox Avatars, renamed from Avatars app, has its iconography and layout updated with the final design. This month’s Preview has a feature to pose the avatar and snap a photo through “Take a photo.”
Those without an Xbox account can create one, otherwise any user can sign in to Xbox on Windows 10.
Microsoft Corporation is encouraging users to send feedback on the two new features launched this month in Xbox One Preview – Backward Compatibility and Game Streaming. The company said its working team continues to test Miracast functionality in the Wireless Display application. It expressed its appreciation of the consumers’ patience while they are fine-tuning the feature.
Not only does Microsoft Corporation Windows 10 Build 10158 come with new Xbox features, but with other enhancements are featured as well. “Cortana” an “intelligent personal assistant” gets bits of user interface improvements and can respond to the user’s voice with “Hey Cortana” commands. In addition, Build 10158 also brings Edge branding, as well as the browser’s dark theme.
Other new integral components that come with Windows 10 Build 10158 are Phone Companion App, improvements to classing Windows icons and buttons, two new wallpapers, and enhanced Store app, which is formally called Store beta, Photos App, People App and user interface for tablet mode.
Microsoft Edge has a new app ID which will erase favorites, history, “Reading” list items and cookies from previous builds. Microsoft Corporation suggests that users back these items up before upgrading to Build 10158.
To back up, one needs to Copy favorites from the following path: %localappdata%/Packages/Microsoft.Windows.Spartan_cw5n1h2txyewy/AC/Spartan/User/Default/Favorites and save them to %userprofile%/Favorites.
After the upgrade, the user can open Microsoft Edge -> Settings -> Import Favorites from another browser -> Internet Explorer, to restore the backup.
Microsoft News notes that the recent build of Windows 10 is very stable, and it is expected not to cause any issue if installed on the user’s daily driver. Microsoft Corporation is now polishing the upcoming platform a few days ahead of its release-to-manufacturing date.
Aside from Microsoft Corporation Windows 10 Build 10158 coming with new Xbox features, the new build has also killed the bugs.
By Judith Aparri
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