Microsoft is starting to improve its Xbox integration on PC with the launch of a new Xbox game bar for Windows 10 today. Originally unveiled for testers last month, the Game Bar is now a full overlay similar to Nvidia's GeForce Experience or Discord. Each section now includes widgets that allow you to adjust the game volume and output, or monitor your CPU, GPU, and RAM usage.
Microsoft also integrates Spotify in the Xbox game bar, so you can control song playback during games. There is also an audio widget for The Xbox game bar can be activated by using winkey + G in Windows 10, and this new layout makes it much easier to see if you want to change the headset settings and quickly go back to game.
The Xbox friends list, messages, and even group badge search (LFG) are also available and you can view as many or as few as you want. The entire interface can be adjusted and widgets can be locked in place. The new Xbox game bar should work in the vast majority of games, but Microsoft wants games built with the Vulkan API to run in window mode for the game bar to work.
"We are still in the early stages of our journey and the updated Xbox Game Bar experience is just the beginning," the Xbox team explains. "As always, your feedback is important to us and our partners as we continue to evolve the Xbox game bar."
The new Xbox game bar comes just one day after Microsoft has released its latest Windows 10-May 2019 update for everyone. Although the update does not contain many additional game functions, Microsoft clearly addresses some of its PC gaming shortcomings with this new game bar. We expect to see even more work at the E3 this year.