September updates for the Xbox app on PC: HowLongToBeat and more

We’re back with more updates on improvements and features for the Xbox app on PC! Before we dive in, we want to thank everyone for their continued feedback and discussions on Reddit, Feedback Hub, Twitter and more. We’re listening and excited to share what’s next.


Choose your next PC Game Pass game with HowLongToBeat


We’ve partnered with HowLongToBeat for a unique feature that makes choosing your next PC game even easier – starting today, you can see estimates of how long it will take you to complete a game on the game details pages of most PC Game Pass -game. HowLongToBeat is a community-driven site specializing in game lengths.

HowLongToBeat screenshot

If you’re in the mood for something you can crush in a day or two, or maybe looking for your next long-term game, check out the game details to help you decide what to download and play next. Check out the category that best suits your playing style:

  • Main story (required): You complete the main objectives, just enough to see the credits roll
  • Main story and more missions/medals/unlockables: You take your time, discover and complete additional tasks that are not necessary
  • Completionist (100%): You strive for every achievement, every medal and conquer everything the game has to offer
  • Combined: All playing styles are considered during estimation

You can click “View Details” to submit your own times, manage your game library and help players around the world in their quest to conquer their backlog! You’ll also find additional insights into how people play, including community reviews, playthrough notes, and data breakdowns by platform and playstyle. Visit https://howlongtobeat.com/xbox to see details on the entire Game Pass library, including categories for “New”, “Top Rated”, “Achievement Hunt” and more.

We’ve also made improvements to the game details pages that make it faster to get to the game details you care about. You can now see trailers, screenshots and the game description at a glance, right at the top of the page.


Faster app launch and improved app performance


We are committed to continuing to improve the performance and reliability of the app. With the latest update, the app now launches up to 15% faster, and we’ve also made some fixes for overall better responsiveness when interacting with key in-app experiences. We’ve seen crash-free sessions improve to 99.9%, and player reports of games not downloading or installing were reduced by almost half. We have also focused on increased relevance for search results, and it is now up to 20% faster to get results back.


Help shape the future of PC


Again, the biggest thanks from our team for all your feedback while playing. Please continue to drop your comments in the Feedback Hub, via Twitter or Xbox Insiders Reddit.

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