What is the Xbox (Beta) app and how do I use it?

The Xbox (Beta) app on Windows is the best way to enjoy Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta). Use the app to browse games, play PC games, and connect and chat with friends across devices.

This app is the best way to experience Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta), and goes hand in hand with the full-featured Xbox Game Bar.

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Browse the Xbox Game Pass for PC (Beta) games catalog

The Xbox (Beta) app’s Game Pass tab is where you see what’s new and browse games that come with Xbox Game Pass. Browse by genre, get recommendations, search, and—if you’re not a member yet—subscribe to Game Pass.

If you don’t have a Microsoft account or if you’ve never signed in on Xbox, you’ll need to when you launch this app. (You can browse games and poke around the app without signing in, but installing games and using the social features require sign-in.)

For help signing in, see Sign in on your Xbox.

Once you find a game to play, select it to read details, watch trailers and Mixer clips, and check system requirements. When you’re ready, select Install to start the download.

Trouble installing? See Troubleshoot Game Pass game installations on Windows 10.

How to connect and chat with friends across devices

In Social, chat with friends on PC, Xbox One, and phone. Text chats support embedded images, gifs, and videos. There’s voice chat, too—either 1:1 or with a group.

To get started, select the Social tab. If you’re signed in you’ll see Friends and Chats. For help signing in, see Sign in on your Xbox.

Friends lists your Xbox friends, if any. For help adding friends, see How to add new Xbox friends. Once you have friends, it’s time to interact. Right-click someone for options, including player profiles, favoriting, muting, reporting, starting voice chat, etc.

If you have trouble chatting, see Why can’t I send messages from my Xbox One or the Xbox app?

How to purchase new games

The Store tab offers purchase options for all games in the Xbox Game Pass for PC catalog, including game add-ons. Game Pass members get discounts on purchases.

Trouble with purchases? Get help.

How to quickly play the games on your PC

At left, the app shows all the games installed on that device. Hover on a game for a play button to launch it.

Selecting a game to read details, watch trailers and Mixer clips, and check system requirements. Ready to play? Select Play to launch the game from its details page.

How the new Xbox (Beta) app and Xbox Game Bar work together

The Xbox (Beta) app and Xbox Game Bar work together seamlessly, so you can—for instance—keep up a conversation while you play, while also controlling music, capturing screenshots and game clips, broadcasting your play, finding new teammates and more. For more on Xbox Game Bar, see Get to know Xbox Game Bar on Windows 10.

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