Microsoft experimenting with new "surprise me" feature

Microsoft experimenting with new "surprise me" feature

Microsoft has introduced new functionality to its Xbox One dashboard which gives users a random game from their library to play.

As spotted by Reddit user Filthy_Firestarter, the feature is currently available for those signed up to Microsoft's Insider programme. The title doesn't boot up automatically when players click on the button, but it brings up a prompt that lets the user decide.

This feature currently only seems to be enabled on Xbox One hardware, but given that Microsoft is operating both its console and PC ecosystems as one big pool, it wouldn't be surprising to see this functionality rolled out to Windows 10 at some point, too.

The Big M brought its Xbox Game Pass subscription service to Windows 10 this summer and games boss Phil Spencer (pictured) has said he wants to show the company's commitment to the platform.

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