Xbox Game Bar's new widgets link to apps like XSplit

Ruben Fields
April 8, 2020

The update made the Xbox Game Bar a lot more powerful than before, but it still didn't allow users to access the in-game widgets from their other apps. We have seen Microsoft gradually improve the game bar with widgets, but now it is fully opening it today with a beta SDK to allow any developer to create custom widgets. Another new widget adds controls for XSplit's Gamecaster streaming app, so that creators can flip between settings without having to alt-tab out and stop the action.

5 new video games have been confirmed for Xbox Sport Go for PC, and one among them - the above-pictured Overcooked 2 - is on the market proper now. There is also a Razer Gold widget, which acts as a virtual wallet for Razer's cryptocurrency. Steam and Discord both have their own overlays they want you to use for text chat, making me wonder if they'd be willing to offer support for chat features from the Xbox Game Bar.

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Custom widgets are an important step for Xbox Game Bar, which has been well received compared to some of Microsoft's Xbox app work on Windows 10 in the past. In the broadcast where there will be no news about the new game console, the game will focus more on games. I hope to hear more about how existing Xbox One games are getting huge boosts to native 4K and beyond, and how Xbox Series X-optimized games can hit 4K gaming with Ultra equivalent performance from a GTX 2080-equipped PC.

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