Xbox PC app speeds up thanks to new update

Xbox PC app speeds up thanks to new update

The Xbox app for Windows 10 is going to be speeding up thanks to an update from Microsoft.

As reported by Windows Central, the application is being moved from the Electron framework – popularly used for desktop apps – to being a Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app with the React Native framework. This will result in an app that uses more than 50 per cent less memory usage as well as a much smaller installation size. Before the application was 300MB; now it is 60MB.

This comes just days after Skype moved from React Native to Electron.

The Xbox app launched for PC in beta in August following an announcement at Microsoft's E3 2019 press conference that Xbox Game Pass would be coming to PC.

The news was teased ahead of the LA trade show in a blog post written by Xbox boss Phil Spencer

"Two years ago, we launched Xbox Game Pass on Xbox One, and since then we’ve seen how valuable a curated library of high-quality games can be for players and game developers alike," Spencer wrote at the time.

"It offers a great way to discover and play your next favourite game. We researched whether a similar opportunity exists for PC players and PC game developers, and we believe that it does. We also considered the importance of bringing something new and additive to the PC gaming ecosystem, and we believe that we can. So, we designed a service specifically for the needs of PC gamers and PC game developers. It’s called Xbox Game Pass, just like the original, but it’s a new experience that we are building together with the PC community."

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Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he was hired to launch for Steel Media before departing the firm in October 2019.

He has also written for, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.


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