Benefits of running the Xbox app while playing a game on Windows 10
You don't need the Xbox app running while playing a game on a Windows 10 device. However, the benefits of having it open while you play include:
- Seeing who is online and inviting them to play with you.
- Tracking which achievements you've earned for that game.
- Sending and receiving messages with friends while playing.
- Using game streaming to play on another device.
- Receiving activity alerts.
- Taking snapshots of your game or recording video using Game DVR.
For an overview of the Xbox app, see Description of the Xbox app.
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