Home windows 11: Microsoft reveals off new ‘controller bar’ shortcut to Xbox video games

Microsoft’s newest preview model of Home windows 11 brings a brand new “controller bar” menu for shortly launching not too long ago performed Xbox video games.

The controller bar is the primary function replace in Home windows 11 Insider Preview Construct 22616 for the Dev and Beta channels for Home windows Insiders, which additionally comes with quite a few bug fixes.

The bar is an instance of a brand new view of the Xbox Recreation Bar that opens when customers pair or join an Xbox controller to a PC. The bar shows a row of icons for as much as three video games that the person has not too long ago performed on an area system, in addition to for put in recreation launchers.

SEE: Microsoft upgraded 190,000 PCs to Home windows 11 (however even they could not improve every little thing)

The controller bar will be accessed when not enjoying a recreation by urgent the Xbox button on the sport controller. When you’re already enjoying a recreation, the Xbox buttons will take you on to the Xbox Recreation bar and the usual gaming widgets.

To make use of the function on a Home windows 11 PC, customers want the related preview construct and the Xbox Insider Hub put in from the Microsoft Retailer. Customers should sign up to the Xbox Insider Hub and be a part of the Insider Program, then navigate to “Previews” and be a part of the Home windows Gaming Preview.

Customers ought to confirm that they’ve Xbox Recreation Bar model 5.722.5022.0 or later after which pair or plug within the controller. Microsoft has additionally arrange a Recreation Bar preview web page on Reddit in order that testers can share suggestions and bug experiences with Microsoft.

Home windows 11 is a serious launch for Microsoft’s plans to combine Xbox, because of the built-in Xbox app, which gives simpler entry to Recreation Move — a service that hasn’t caught on broadly, however could possibly be bolstered by the acquisition of Microsoft for $68.7 billion from Activision Blizzard.

This construct additionally drops – for now – system tray modifications in Construct 22581 as of March 23 as a result of suggestions from Insiders.

On the time of launch, Microsoft Insiders warned that the notification space would now not help drag-and-drop to pin and unpin these things. It additionally launched an elective setting to utterly cover the “present hidden icons” button, aiming for a less complicated taskbar. However Insiders instantly complained that they could not transfer the system tray icons after set up and that the system tray icons continued after closing an app.

“The system tray and particularly the ‘Present hidden icons’ flyout will now operate in the identical method because it did with the unique launch of Home windows 11, together with the power to rearrange icons within the flyout,” Microsoft mentioned in a weblog submit explaining Construct 22616 is introduced.

Microsoft plans to make these system tray modifications sooner or later “after additional refining the expertise by addressing among the suggestions we have acquired.”

There are additionally bug fixes for taskbar, enter, widgets, settings, home windows, Activity Supervisor and Home windows Sandbox. There’s one recognized concern with dwell captions not exhibiting up when apps like video gamers are in full display screen mode.

Microsoft warned Insiders that the window for switching from Dev Channel to the Beta Channel will quickly be closed.

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