Windows Insiders can now test out the new ‘Xbox Controller Bar’ for easier access to PC games

Xbox Game Bar is a useful feature built into Windows that gives users access to lots of tools and widgets to monitor game performance, access social features, capture screenshots or game clips, and more. The tool has evolved considerably since its debut, and now it is preparing to acquire another new feature for PC gamers: the Xbox Controller Bar.

the The Xbox Controller Bar is now available for testing for users of Windows and Xbox Insider programs, and is very simple. Whenever an Xbox controller is connected to your PC and you’re not playing a game, you can press the “Xbox” button on your controller to open a simplified menu with quick links to your last three played games and a handful of game launchers.

You’ll be able to access this menu from anywhere in Windows, simplifying the process of starting your favorite game, especially if you prefer to leave the mouse alone and continue using the controller. Whenever you’re in a game, the “Xbox” button will bring up the full Xbox Game Bar and all your widgets, as expected (pressing Win + G still works too).

To access the feature before release, you must be a Windows Insider in the latest Dev Update or Beta Channel, and you must be signed up for “Windows Gaming Preview” from the Xbox Insider Hub. You will likely need to update the Xbox Game Bar from the Microsoft Store and restart your PC for the feature to appear. Although it’s a simple addition to the Xbox Game Bar, it makes it a bit easier to access your favorite PC games at the touch of a button.

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