Microsoft is testing a Windows 11 Xbox Game Pass widget

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The update test comes as part of the newest Windows 11 Insider Preview Build. It will hopefully alleviate some of the current unevenness while navigating the Xbox app. The widget will take you to the Xbox app where you’ll be able to install your favorite games on your PC and see game reviews.

According to a recent post on the official Windows Insider blog, Microsoft is testing an Xbox Game Pass widget with Windows Insiders. The widget will make it even simpler to view the most recent additions, upcoming game departures, and other titles from the featured genres on Game Pass.

Highlights

  • A spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead, Back 4 Blood continues that legacy with fun, four-player zombie carnage. Turtle Rock Studios, which created Left 4 Dead while owned by Valve, performs an impressive balancing act between familiar and fresh: Back 4 Blood takes the gameplay structure of its spiritual predecessor and adds an inventive card-based progressive system to create one of the best cooperative experiences on Game Pass.

  • Assassin’s Creed Origins marked a new beginning for Assassin’s Creed: Origins was the series’ first major step toward becoming the sprawling open-world RPG it is today. It’s set in a stunning, unforgettable recreation of Ancient Egypt and stars one of the series’ all-time best protagonists in Bayek of Siwa. It’s smaller in scope than its successors (Odyssey and Valhalla), making it an accessible entry point for those who want a taste of Ubisoft’s more expansive Assassin’s Creeds.

Skyrim is a defining RPG of the Xbox 360-PS3 era, and one of the best fantasy RPGs of all time. Rich in creatures and characters, environments and lore, player choice and progress, Skyrim is a must-play for any Game Pass subscriber with a passing interest in RPGs. Thanks to Skyrim’s most recent upgrade, Series X|S owners can now play it with enhanced graphics and faster load times.

In IGN’s Crusader Kings 3 review, we called it “a superb strategy game, a great RPG, and a master class in how to take the best parts of existing systems and make them deeper and better.” Its strong grand strategy mechanics are propped up by meaningful human stories that emerge as you build and sustain a dynasty. It earned a 10 in our review, which crowned it the “new king of historical strategy.”

Fallout: New Vegas takes the best of Bethesda’s beloved RPG series and layers it with Obsidian’s signature wit and charm. A branching main story and excellent side quests keep you moving through the Mojave Wasteland, where you’ll encounter memorable characters (its dialogue is particularly brilliant) and creatures. For those who prefer Bethesda’s flavor of Fallout, Game Pass also includes Fallout 3 and Fallout 4.

Windows also teased that they’re working on even more updates for the widget. Including the ability to “sign-into your Xbox profile and easily jump back into recently played games as well as see personalized recommendations of games we believe you’ll love.”

In March, changes to the Windows release roadmap are coming. In the past, a new Windows was released every three years. This later changed with Windows 10 which received updates for six years before Windows 11’s release. Windows 11 first released in October 2021 and came equipped with several new features including auto HDR for gaming and, of course, widgets – a centerpiece for the operating system.  

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