Have you ever downloaded a game from your Xbox app, excited to try it out, only to find that it runs poorly on your PC? Now, Microsoft is rolling out a new update that will let you know how well it performs on your machine before downloading that shiny new game.
Microsoft Xbox Game Performance Indicator
The new game performance indicator will be displayed under the green Install button on your PC’s Xbox app. If Microsoft’s Xbox app predicts that the game you’re eyeing will run smoothly on your computer, you will see a tag saying, “Plays well on similar PCs.”
This new development comes as good news for gamers who are frustrated by certain games not working well on their PC despite meeting the game’s minimum requirements. Tila Nguyen, Senior Product Manager Lead at Xbox Experiences explained in a blog post, “Now the app compares the game’s performance on PCs with similar specs to yours, to show a prediction of how well we expect the game to run. If your PC isn’t up to the task of running a graphically demanding game, you’ll be able to view the game’s system requirements to get more details on what you need to run the game.”
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However, as this feature is still rolling out to various titles, not all games will get a performance indicator immediately. Nguyen states, “As we continue to learn about the performance of a game on similar PCs, you may not see a performance check for every game (especially recently added games) until we have enough information to share a recommendation.”
You can keep checking back to see if the title has been updated to get a performance indicator. For titles that still don’t have the indicator, you can always verify if you can play certain games on your PC via third-party websites such as Can You Run It.