Microsoft is letting Windows Insiders play with a new game controller bar
Microsoft is gearing up to introduce a new game controller bar for Windows 11, and Windows Insiders can play with a preview build right now.
As the Windows Blog reveals, the Controller Bar is described as a “new view of the Xbox Game Bar” and exists to make using a game controller and launching games to play in Windows 11 just as easy. as possible.
With Windows Insider Preview Build 225xx installed from Dev or Beta channels, pairing or connecting a controller with Windows 11 will see the controller bar appear automatically. The bar includes icons for games you’ve played recently (up to three games) and all installed games.
If you’re playing a game and using an Xbox controller, press the Xbox button to show the bar. It seems that pressing Windows key + G will also bring up the bar. However, since this is only a preview, Microsoft warns that some third-party games may not appear in the list of recently played games or may appear as duplicates.
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If you’re a Windows Insider who wants to experience the Controller Bar, make sure you’re running Build 225xx, then download and install the Xbox Insider Hub, sign in using your Microsoft account, and go to “Previews” to join the Windows Gaming preview. . Then check the Microsoft Store for updates, restart your PC, and the Controller Bar should be available to use the next time you plug in a controller.
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