You can now test the Xbox app to see if a game will run smoothly on your PC before downloading it

You can now test the Xbox app to see if a game will run smoothly on your PC before downloading it

Microsoft has added a new game performance indicator to the Xbox app for Windows, letting you know if a game runs well on your PC before you download it. Although system requirements have always been provided, this simple label makes it much easier to assess at a glance whether a game is suitable for your PC.

The Xbox application estimates how well a game will run by analyzing how well it performs on PCs with specs similar to your own. According to Tila Nguyen, senior product manager lead on Xbox experiences at Microsoft, "if your PC isn't capable of running a graphically demanding game, you'll be able to see the game's system requirements to get more details on what you need to run the game."

However, not every game will have a performance indicator right first. You may not see a performance check for every game (especially recently added games), says Nguyen, "as we continue to learn about the performance of a game on similar PCs, until we have enough information to share a recommendation." Despite this, using Microsoft's rating system, or Game Performance Fit Indicator as Microsoft calls it, to assess whether your PC can run games still seems like a simple replacement for using third-party programs and websites like Can You Run It.

The Xbox app's search feature and inside navigation have also been improved in addition to the performance indicator. The sidebar now contains all of the navigation, and a new queue at the bottom left of the app displays and tracks game installs. Finding games, including those from EA Play and Ubisoft Connect, is now more accurate thanks to search.

Over the past six months, Microsoft has been testing these new additions. All you have to do to participate in the Windows gaming preview is download the Xbox Insider application if you're interested in checking out upcoming updates.

Source: The Verge