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The new Xbox app for PC has leaked and it looks like a replacement for the Microsoft Store

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We're expecting to hear about Microsoft's new version of the Xbox app for PC during their E3 conference, but thanks to @h0x0d on Twitter (opens in new tab) we can see the beta version of it sitting on the Microsoft Store right now (opens in new tab). It will apparently be a way to "discover and download new games with Xbox Game Pass" as well as a social system for connecting with other players. It sounds like a total replacement for the Microsoft Store and, honestly, it's about time.

Features listed include the ability to "browse the library of Xbox Game Pass games on PC" sorted by genre, with reviews and suggestions for similar games alongside the expected info like trailers, screenshots, and system requirements. It'll have a sidebar for installed games, with the most recent ones at the top and a chat system that promises to work "across PC, Xbox One, and mobile". It'll also be compatible with the Xbox Game Bar.

Here's some screenshots so you can see it in action.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was published in 2015, he edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.