Microsoft is now allowing testers to access the New Xbox app for Windows that greatly improves the game install process from the Windows store. As reported in this month the updated app allows PC gamers to install titles into any folder of their choice, with unrestricted access to game files.
The option that helps address many of the headaches of installing titles, from the Xbox Game Pass for PC and it should also mean users can backup game files and restore them if need be.
The Microsoft forced games to install into the Windows Apps folder at the root of the drive and it was locked down as so users couldn’t modify files or freely move them around.
Update Xbox application now let’s to choose a location and if the users have existing games installed and users can move them onto secondary drives. Windows 10 and Windows 11 users can test the new Xbox application, through the Xbox insider Hub App from the store.
Users will need to join the Windows Gaming preview within the Xbox insider Hub app, to get the updated Xbox app. Microsoft does the list a number of unknown issues, for this early release though including issues launching some games on external drives and number of games that are not supported for now.
Users can also still can’t add games downloaded from the Windows store into steam as there appears to be permission issue, preventing that. Xbox Apps are still in preview so that could be a bug, that will be addressed before it is widely available.
Windows store game installs are finally getting more steam like after years of issues and bugs for Personal computers users. If the users are been avoiding Xbox Game pass for PC, due to windows store this new Xbox app should remove some of the associated headaches.